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Palatine High School - Township High School District 211
May 27, 2008
Palatine High School
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Gifted Education Program Teachers
Lynda C. Appino, Palatine High School
Dwight Aukee, Fremd High School
Cathy Loh, Hoffman Estates High School
Greg Gillette, Conant High School
Jason Campbell, Schaumburg High School
Chris Quick, Palatine High School
Paul Radek, Fremd High School
Steve Loh, Hoffman Estates High School
Karla Modelski, Conant High School
Kim Shade, Schaumburg High School
Palatine High School
Administration
Gary Steiger, Principal
Dennis Zandi, Building and Grounds, Student Activities
Fred Rasmussen, Student Services Director
Dave Grelyak, Building Engineer
Robert Schuetz, Technology Coordinator
Mark Hibner, Department Chair of Applied Technology
Debbie Madaj, Food Service Manager
Township High School
District 211 Administration
Roger W. Thornton, Superintendent
Nancy N. Robb, Associate Superintendent for Instruction
Jeff A. Butzen, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum
Board of Education
Robert LeFevre, Jr., President
Lynn Davis, Vice President
Anna Klimkowicz, Secretary
George Brandt
Susan Kenley-Rupnow
Bill Lloyd
Debra Strauss
Township High School District 211 Foundation
“Enhancing Educational Excellence”
for High School District 211 students, staff, and school community.
1750 S. Roselle Road • Palatine, Illinois 60067-7336
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Good Evening All…
Township High School District 211 welcomes you to the 20th-Annual Gifted Expo, hosted this year by
Palatine High School: Gifted Expo 2008. The first Gifted Expo was held on May 31, 1989, at Conant
High School.
In the 20 years that student projects have been displayed from the Critical Thinking Gifted Program,
all five high schools: Conant, Fremd, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, and Schaumburg have been proud to
celebrate the culmination of a semester’s worth of creative, technical and educational growth on the
parts of students, mentors and teachers.
Please enjoy our “gift” to you by viewing student displays and performances, and talking with our
enthusiastic presenters.
Visit our refreshments area in the student cafeteria when your feet get tired, and enjoy the beautiful
music provided by our string quartet made up of orchestral musicians from Palatine High School.
If you require any assistance, please approach our freshmen Gifted students dressed in t-shirts
coordinating with the Expo program cover. They will be happy to take care of individual needs.
Thank you so much for honoring our students with your presence on this very special evening!
“It Takes a Village…”
Alphabetic Directory
to Students and Locations
Aburaad, Tony
31
PHS
DeFrancesco, Nick
135
CHS
Ahmad, Daniyal
26
PHS
Desai, Sanup
47
SHS
130
PHS
Dhillon, Ekamjeet
20
PHS
5
PHS
Diaz, Berto
107
FHS
Baker, Christopher
58
SHS
Doherty, Shannon
12
PHS
Barboro, Richard
52
SHS
Faheem, Nuhie
145
CHS
114
CHS
Falkenberg, Brian
51
PHS
Bavishi, Aakash
41
HEHS
Favela, Eli
14
PHS
Bensmida, Jenna
6
PHS
Feng, Jessica
133
FHS
Blum, Ashley
64
SHS
Finegan, Teresa
8
FHS
Bora, Jennifer
15
FHS
Gallo, Sarah
38
FHS
141
FHS
Garcia, AJ
30
PHS
Brauer, Justin
70
PHS
Garrison, Adam
81
PHS
Brodeur, Mo
50
PHS
Gebbeken, Beth
93
CHS
Brottman, Daniel
22
FHS
Gebbia, Nick
95
HEHS
Bryant, Gregory
131
FHS
Ghunim, Colette
59
HEHS
Buesing, Carolyn
137
FHS
Gill, Anna
126
HEHS
Burda, Jeffrey
127
PHS
Gilsenan, Patrick
23
PHS
96
CHS
Gordon, Ellen
117
PHS
Byrd, Tatum
129
SHS
Gottlieb, Cady
66
PHS
Campbell, Tempest
109
SHS
Grainawi, Adam
74
PHS
Caponigri, Lisa
87
SHS
Greindl, Ashley
16
HEHS
Castillo, Monica
111
CHS
Halevy, Victoria
65
FHS
Cernosek, Krysta
147
HEHS
Hamlin, Julia
35
HEHS
Chakeres, Natalie
113
SHS
Heine, Kylee
77
HEHS
Charlier, Rebekah
115
PHS
Hernandez, Abel
62
HEHS
Chibber, Shani
79
CHS
Hyde, Stefan
39
CHS
Chua, Randolph
134
SHS
Jasionowski, Tom
53
FHS
Clougher, Marissa
11
SHS
Jenkins, Mason
25
HEHS
Colby, Brian
10
PHS
Johnson, Gabriel
2
HEHS
138
CHS
Jun, Esther
128
FHS
Corrao, Christopher
63
FHS
Kamal, Hridi
19
CHS
Danstrom, Jane
42
FHS
Koenig, Lisa
97
FHS
Dean-Myrda, Timothy
34
FHS
Krystinak, Mark
21
CHS
104
PHS
Laurencell, Stephanie
142
CHS
84
PHS
Lee, Claire
3
FHS
Amancherla, Manasa
Appino-Tabone, Alexandra
Barsaloux, Michael
Bosslet, Rebecca
Burkman, Katie
Conway, Kyle
DeBellis, Eric
Deegan, Meaghan
Alphabetic Directory to Students and Locations (continued)
Levy, Joshua
24
HEHS
Purgatorio, Alexandra
83
CHS
148
FHS
Raef, Paul
32
PHS
Lindgren, Brian
56
CHS
Ray, Molin
100
HEHS
Liu, Alice
71
FHS
Reninger, Adam
1
SHS
Loden, Kelsey
13
FHS
Reynolds, Abigail
7
HEHS
Lucas, Jessica
36
SHS
Romero, Abriel
55
SHS
Marks, Melanie
78
SHS
Ross, Devin
136
SHS
Massarelli, Allyssa
27
CHS
Sahasrabudhe, Poonam
44
SHS
Matta, Sid
57
HEHS
Sakhardande, Sayali
49
HEHS
139
FHS
Saviano, Brianna
120
SHS
McCall, Kyle
88
PHS
Schnurr, Matthew
119
FHS
McLinden, Darcy
80
CHS
Serna-Geitz, Daniel
28
SHS
McMahon, Kelsey
43
CHS
Shah, Pinkesh
60
HEHS
Michelini, Alex
33
SHS
Shah, Akash
54
HEHS
140
CHS
Shah, Vishal
9
HEHS
Mikosz, Nicole
17
CHS
Shao, Steven
76
FHS
Moriarty, Rebecca
99
PHS
Sliwka, Kayla
121
CHS
Nokes, Lauren
144
SHS
Srivastava, Arjun
108
CHS
Oda, Alexander
98
HEHS
Steinbach, Zach
82
SHS
Organ, Paul
110
HEHS
Stejskal, Max
48
FHS
Palcheck, Amber
124
FHS
Stenger, Carly
4
HEHS
Papa, Rohun
89
CHS
Strauss, Kristen
40
PHS
Parker, Christy
18
PHS
Suchomski, Emilee
67
CHS
Patel, Viraj
102
HEHS
Swanson, Rachel
69
FHS
Patel, Sash
125
PHS
Tanaka, Shugo
92
HEHS
Patel, Gaytri
105
CHS
Taylor, Meghan
146
SHS
Patel, Vibhesh
90
HEHS
Thoms, Bob
122
SHS
Patel, Pooja
37
HEHS
Vera, Aaron
72
HEHS
Patel, Daven
46
HEHS
Vetter, Danielle
68
SHS
Patel, Smit
94
HEHS
Vogl, Lisa
132
CHS
Patel, Mona
112
SHS
Walsh, James
29
HEHS
Patel, Parth
118
CHS
Weil, Lauren
86
CHS
Peters, Trevor
61
PHS
Whitfield, Stephen
143
FHS
Peters, Katy Jo
106
PHS
Woodbine, Natalia
116
CHS
Press, Carmen
45
SHS
Woomer, Kaylie
91
SHS
Prestia, Rico
73
CHS
Worman, Hannah
85
HEHS
Prokuski, Jenny
123
CHS
Yung, Tifany
101
CHS
Puranik, Arjun
103
FHS
Zaheed, Afsara
75
HEHS
Li, Ray
Maynen, Charlotte
Mikos, Laura
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DISABLED ADVERTISING
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ENSEMBLE OF BASS, SNARE, AND... PVC?
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SEE THE DIFFERENCE?
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THE DEVIL PLAYED HIS GOLDEN FIDDLE
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PROJECT EVERGREEN
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D.I.Y. DESIGN
ADAM RENINGER
Mr. Jay Paonessa, Creative Director
Schaumburg High School
Arc Worldwide
For centuries, products have been advertised by showcasing people using the product in an everyday setting. I
have designed an advertising campaign specifically to show people with disabilities participating in all different
types of activities. The campaign is intended to make people more comfortable interacting with people who have
disabilities, as well as promote the inclusion of people with disabilities into everyday society.
GABRIEL JOHNSON
Mr. Chuck Reece, Music Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Hoffman Estates High School
Pipes. They’re used for plumbing, wind instruments, and now – drums. The Blue Man Group has used pipes in
various ways, most for percussion instruments. One such instrument is the Drumbone, so named because it’s a
hybrid between any drum instrument (where you strike the instrument) and a trombone (where you can change
pitches by sliding the tubes in and out). Accompanied by a snare and bass drum, I will be giving demonstrations
of the Drumbone both at my booth and in the auditorium. You will be able to see how it should be a welcome
addition to a marching band style cadence.
CLAIRE LEE
Mr. Ken Turner, Science Department
William Fremd High School
Schaumburg High School
Beth DiPrima, Science Department
Bernie Gifford, Science Department
William Fremd High School
Organic food has become a recent hot topic not only in the food industry, but also among everyday consumers.
With the increased emphasis on healthy lifestyle changes, disease prevention through ameliorated dietary habits,
and the green revolution, the organic industry has seen remarkable growth. My question is, “How does any of
that affect food chemistry?” This project is aimed at discovering whether organic food properties and inorganic
food properties vary enough to make a difference in food chemistry and what those differences implicate.
CARLY STENGER
Ms. Dung Pham, Music Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Hoffman Estates High School
Violinists traditionally play classical music, from Bach to Mozart to Tchaikovsky. But violinists can also play Celtic
music, jazz and bluegrass, each requiring specific techniques to play. This project focuses on these techniques,
as well as the culture and history behind each style, and will include a performance in the auditorium.
ALEXANDRA APPINO-TABONE
Ms. Sally McDavid, Fashion Instructor
Palatine High School
William Rainey Harper College
Evergreen...because fashion is forever, even for those who are disabled by physical handicaps. When getting
dressed is a chore, fashion should be able to accomodate, but rarely does. Project Evergreen creates fashion for
all body types, and caters to physical challenges with custom-fit, easy-to-wear clothing that looks no different
from retail store fashions. Fashion is forever, and Evergreen is for everyone.
JENNA BENSMIDA
Mrs. Jean Buerger, Design Consultant
Palatine High School
Home Depot
“D.I.Y. DESIGN” explores the world of interior design and features a bathroom redesign with tons of before, during,
and after pictures. The tiling, painting, and installation of the bathroom was all completed without the help of a
professional, and the project explains how an average person can do it herself. The design process and selection of
color, materials, and appliances are displayed along with information on how to create flow within a room.
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I’M NOT SHORT, I’M “FUNSIZE”
ABIGAIL REYNOLDS
Hoffman Estates High School
Ms. Michele Hanson
A person’s a person, no matter how small. So don’t they deserve fashionable clothes that actually fit? “Funsize”
fashion line is a line of clothing I have created for people who are short and skinny. Because, let’s face it,
sometimes the petite section just won’t cut it.
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LEARNING AND COMPOSING FOR CLASSICAL GUITAR
TERESA FINEGAN
William Fremd High School
Mrs. Kitty Miller, Guitar Private Lessons Teacher
Not only does this project include the beginnings of learning to play the guitar, but it also includes researching the
history of the Classical Guitar and the music theory behind the guitar. After spending much time practicing and
researching all of these areas, the knowledge gained about music theory and the instrument itself were combined
to compose a song for the classical guitar.
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POMPEII... AGAIN?
VISHAL SHAH
Hoffman Estates High School
Mrs. Gabrielle Drafall, Science Department
Hoffman Estates High School
In 79 C.E. nearly 1,500 citizens of Pompeii and the surrounding towns were killed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
Volcanologists—volcano experts—think the mountain will erupt again in the next 70 to 100 years. This study
educates people on the true dangers of the sleeping giant known as Mt. Vesuvius. It shows what methods are
used to predict such a catastrophe, how the methods work, and how people would be evacuated.
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REVERSE ENGINEERING THE F-22 RAPTOR
BRIAN COLBY
Palatine High School
Mr. Mark Hibner, Applied Technology Department
Palatine High School
The F-22 Raptor is the military’s newest and most highly capable stealth aircraft. By creating, studying, and
measuring a physical model of the F-22, a computer generated model was created to demonstrate the process
of reverse engineering. This process mirrors one used in the real world to improve on or learn from a product’s
design and functionality.
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POWER COLOR
MARISSA CLOUGHER
Schaumburg High School
Dr. Anthony Petrone, Chiropractor
Community Health and Rehabilitation
Power Color is the concept that a specific color can assist an individual perform at his/her very best by stimulating
certain muscles and areas of the brain that would usually function at a lower degree. Color not only affects a
person’s emotions, but can also enhance their physical strength. The colors that people wear can influence how
they feel, as well as how others perceive them. This study focuses on bringing Power Color into the everyday
wardrobe, allowing people to perform at their full potential physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
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PAINTER’S TREASURE
SHANNON DOHERTY
Palatine High School
Ms. Karen Lange, Art Department
Palatine High School
An exploration into the worlds and mind-sets of artists around the world. Portraying the frustration that painters
go through every day of their lives, this project provides a small glimpse into the madness and later reward of
every artist’s struggle. The culmination is a painted undersea panorama on a treasure chest -- a calming end to
the insanity of the creative process.
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A “HEALTHY” RELATIONSHIP
KELSEY LODEN
William Fremd High School
Rev. Jane Kunzie-Brunner, Patient Satisfaction Committee Member
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospitals
Did you know that 44,000 to 98,000 people die every year of complications from medical errors? Today’s
computerization of many medical tasks has greatly decreased the number of tasks that hospital workers must
perform, but the physician-patient relationship has become more strained than ever. By examining what needs
to be present for a successful relationship and developing materials to aid in this, perhaps 44,000 people might
have more time to live.
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A JUMP INTO MUSIC
ELI FAVELA
Palatine High School
Mrs. Laurie Scarpelli, General Music Teacher
Lake Louise Elementary School
Music is a wonderful thing and learning to play and write your own is even better. With no previous musical
training, learning how to play the piano and compose a piece should be a challenge. But, with help from a
piano teacher and also from an amateur composer, a piece of music will be born. Music from others will also
be played.
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PICTURE PERFECT POETRY
JENNIFER BORA
William Fremd High School
Mr. Gary Anderson, English Department
William Fremd High School
Poetry and photography are two popular, expressive art forms. This project seeks to combine the two in both
a visually appealing and mentally satisfying way. Each original poem is paired with visual representations
consisting of a varying number of photographs taken to enhance and expand the literary piece.
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STRESS RELIEVERS
ASHLEY GREINDL
Mrs. Sandhya Matthews, Massage Therapist / Yoga Instructor
Hoffman Estates High School
Holistic Dimensions
Stress is a terrible fact of life that most people have to deal with everyday. Effects of stress include chest pain,
sleeplessness, headaches, anxiety, and even diseases such as eczema, psoriasis, and arthritis. Most individuals
don’t know the proper ways to relieve that stress and keep these effects from happening. Did you know that
taking a weekly yoga class, getting a massage every so often, or switching your soda with green tea can reduce
your stress level? This project focuses on the top five stress relievers: yoga, massage therapy, aromatherapy,
music therapy, and green tea.
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MIND GAMES: A NOVEL OF THE FUTURE
NICOLE MIKOSZ
James B. Conant High School
Ms. Christine Gaza, English Department
James B. Conant High School
Outlining, storyboarding, plot notes, and note cards...all essentials in the process of initiating a novel. A good
plot idea, however, is hard to come by. In my debut novel, the plot revolves around sixteen-year-old Tessa and
her best friend Andy fighting the malevolent forces of a futuristic world. In this world, which is essentially
Earth set in the fifty-first century, everything is efficient, and virtually any illness can be cured. Everyone knows
his/her part in this society. However, this perfect world still harbors a conflict beneath its surface: the idea of
adult human cloning. Mind Games portrays Tessa and Andy coming into the heart of the main conflict, and their
story of ultimately defeating or succumbing to the dangers around them.
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POLICE INTERROGATION: UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
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THE LIFE OF A DRESS
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THE TABLA GUY
CHRISTY PARKER
Palatine High School
Police interrogation is a ranking ethical issue. Headlines brand newspapers with stories of false confessions
and inhumane treatment. Are the current methods functional and the most practical, or are there alternatives?
Research includes the history and methods of police interrogation and invasive psychology. An original proposal
that redesigns both the interrogation process and environment addresses flaws within the current system.
HRIDI KAMAL
Ms. Jacqueline Helminski, Family and Consumer Science Department
James B. Conant High School
James B. Conant High School
When one envisions the world of fashion, many different images come to mind; an advertisement in a magazine,
fabulous-looking people on a billboard, a chic boutique where gorgeous customers shop, stick-skinny models
strutting along a catwalk. This project starts at the beginning, before any of the glamorous results. Follow the
life of a dress, as it goes from idea to design to product to customer. Influenced by fashion icons like Audrey
Hepburn and Jackie Onassis, see some of my own creations and discover fashion.
EKAMJEET DHILLON
Mr. Gurpreet Singh, Granthi
Palatine High School
Sikh Religious Society of Palatine, IL
India is an ancient country rich in both cultural and artistic values. Used primarily in classical and religious music,
the Tabla is a percussion instrument that has slowly gained popularity in the music of modern India. Apart from
India, though, this instrument is currently unknown to the majority of the world. Providing both entertainment
and a cultural lesson, passers by are met by the rhythmic taals and bols of the Tabla.
(21) EVALUATION OF TRANSDERMAL ALCOHOL MONITORING DEVICES
MARK KRYSTINAK
Mr. Robert Murnock, Midwest Regional Manager
Conant High School
Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc.
It’s time for an old-fashioned science experiment. Pour in thirty-six ounces of alcohol, stir and agitate, and finally
add a three thousand pound automobile: Hypothesis? You’ll find yourself on a one-way trip to the county sheriff’s
office. Drunk driving has always been a problem for the United States Department of Transportation, but what if
this could become a problem of the past? Introducing the brand new SCRAM bracelet from Alcohol Monitoring
Systems, Inc. -- a whole new way to assess, detect, and deter the use of alcohol and prevent drunk driving related
deaths. Find out whether the SCRAM bracelet is all that it claims to be. An in-depth comparison of the bracelet
versus an alternate alcohol prevention device (BAID), endeavors to see whether SCRAM really does its job.
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SIX PIANO ÉTUDES
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OFFICE DESK CONSTRUCTION
DANIEL BROTTMAN
Mrs. Helen Velleuer, Piano Instructor
William Fremd High School
Muzio Clementi, Frederich Chopin, Franz Liszt, and numerous other composers have worked with and contributed
to the form of the Piano Étude. An Étude, being a study in the playing of an instrument, is difficult technically and
musically for both pianist and composer. This writing of Six Études for Piano will provide music and technique
to the pianist, and a display of knowledge and wealth of experience for the composer. The Six Études are concert
pieces, meaning not just that they are more than exercises, but additionally that they are meant to be performed
for their musical value.
PATRICK GILSENAN
Mr. Pat Gilsenan Sr., Architectural Salesman
Palatine High School
American International Tile
Furniture is a necessity in most people’s home environments, but new retail quality furniture is expensive. Using
easy to find and recycled materials, this ‘do it yourself’ style project demonstrates an inexpensive process of
building an office desk.
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BUILDING A GUITAR
JOSHUA LEVY Mr. Wayne Oras Jr., Applied Technology Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Hoffman Estates High School
Music is a passion shared by people around the world. People enjoy different kinds of music from many different
cultures. A relatively small percentage of these people enjoy learning about the instruments used in music. This project
focuses on just that. The interest of guitars in music, as well as how they work and making one that works.
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THE STEEL DRUM
MASON JENKINS
Hoffman Estates High School
Mr. Scott Persky, Traveling Soloist
Relaxing on a sun drenched beach, not a cloud in the sky, and the wind is quiet. The only sounds are the relaxing
sounds of the ocean and the steel drum, the focus of my independent study. I have written music for the steel
drum and have how learned to play it. I will be performing at my booth and in the auditorium.
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THE CHEMISTRY AND APPLICATION OF FABRIC INKS
DANIYAL AHMAD
Palatine High School
Mr. Jake Nickell, CEO
skinnyCorp/Threadless
Every morning, people across the world wake up and carefully choose the clothing they will wear for the rest of the
day. These decisions are often based on style, look, and comfort, and it is up to manufacturers to provide all of these
in their products. Behind the scenes of making t-shirts is the process of screen-printing, where a variety of inks are
applied onto shirts, hooded sweatshirts, etc., using a variety of methods. The chemistry of fabric ink, which is not
known to most people, is responsible for creating the differences we see in the common graphic t-shirt.
(27) THE GREAT COVER-UP
ALLYSSA MASSARELLI
James B. Conant High School
Mr. Patrick A. Lucansky, Attorney
Klein Thorpe and Jenkins, LTD.
Still lingering in the back of hundreds of minds, there is a question pertaining to a fire that started almost fifty
years ago: Who was the person who started the Our Lady of the Angels Fire in Chicago? There is little evidence
that a full and proper investigation was performed. My research focuses on how the city of Chicago tried to hide
all investigation as to how and why the fire began, because they did not want to be at blame for contributing to
be the cause of the unnecessary deaths.
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THE POWER OF XENOTRANSPLANTATION
DANIEL SERNA-GEITZ
Dr. Amelia Bartholomew, Assistant Professor of Surgery
Schaumburg High School
University of Illinois at Chicago
According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, there are almost 100,000 people waiting to receive an
organ. With the limitation of conventional methods, less than 1 out of 10 people receive an organ, and just as
many die. With the use of xenographs from animal donors, the waiting list can be drastically reduced. Through
the understanding of xenotransplantation and the immune system, the many biological barriers can be broken
down, saving thousands of lives. In this project, research was conducted on how animal organs can be used to
save human lives, and a comprehensive plan to overcome immunological barriers was developed.
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BATTLE OF THE CHOSEN: THE VIDEO GAME
JAMES WALSH
Hoffman Estates High School
Mr. Keith Peak, Mathematics Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Video games are the quickest growing visual medium. The one problem that comes up is that quite a few video
games have little story to accompany them. No longer. Based on a novel I wrote, this video game will put you
in the middle of a story full of love, hate, and greed.
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GREAT GUITARS!
AJ GARCIA
Palatine High School
Mr. Michael Mills, Sales Manager/Teacher
The Music Room
Music and woodworking. Both can be considered skills as well as art forms. Making a guitar from scratch
requires skill and knowledge in woodworking and understanding how different variables such as wood type and
overall assembly can alter and affect the sound quality. It also requires a great artistic ability to make the guitar
not only attractive, but functional as well.
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TERRIFIC TUBES
TONY ABURAAD
Palatine High School
Mr. Anthony Aburaad, Electronics Extraordinaire
Vacuum tubes have been used in numerous applications throughout the past hundred years. Although they were
most commonly known to be used in old television sets, radio transmitters, and amplifiers, they are typically used
today in high-quality guitar amplifiers. To demonstrate the uniqueness of tube amplification, extensive research
was conducted along with many trials to design and then build an 18 watt 1x12 combo amp.
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AN ENDLESS SEA OF SOUND
PAUL RAEF
Palatine High School
Mr. Kevin O’Brien, Electronics Student
Palatine High School
Have you ever been at practice or at a gig where you hit the peak note of your guitar solo and it died out in an
anti-climactic disaster? Never again will you encounter this problem if you have the power of infinite sustain at
your fingertips. This hand-made sustainer will enable you to wield everlasting notes at the flick of a switch!
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SCHAUMBURG HIGH SCHOOL GREEN ROOF
ALEX MICHELINI
Schaumburg High School
Mr. Brad Stevens, Science Department
Schaumburg High School
Imagine a place that can significantly improve our environment, a place that saves high schools thousands of
dollars each year, a place where students can expand their learning potential through hands-on activities, a place
where students can unwind and enjoy the weather, a place that virtually has no negative aspects. Fantasy? After
visiting this exhibit, you will find that this vision is closer to reality than you might think. This project highlights
the process one student has gone through as he brings multiple aspects together to plan and assemble a green
roof on top of his school.
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REACHING THE STARS
TIMOTHY DEAN-MYRDA
William Fremd High School
Mr. Kevin Keehn, Model Rocketry Enthusiast
Walter R. Sundling
How high can a model rocket go? Everything changes when engines ignite in mid air. Multistaging gives rockets
the ability to go higher than ever before by ‘relaunching’ a rocket from mid air. Multistage rocketry is historically
limited to a regression in the number of engines ignited in flight. Multistage rocketry conventions are challenged
when clusters start lighting in mid air, giving the rocket more power in mid-air than when it left the launch pad.
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THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS
JULIA HAMLIN
Mrs. Kathy Wandro, English Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Hoffman Estates High School
“To be, or not to be.” “There’s no place like home.” “I’ll be back.” These are all famous quotes delivered by
famous characters. The actors who played these roles went through a process of character development. The
idea of character development is at the heart of this project, and it’s shown through the direction of the children’s
play, “Charlotte’s Web.”
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EATING CANCER AWAY
JESSICA LUCAS
Schaumburg High School
Mr. Rob Heitz, High School Teacher
Cancer has become the number one killer in the U.S., and any information to prevent it is gold. Although you can’t
completely eliminate the possibility that you will get cancer, it is possible to decrease your risk. If we all were more
aware of foods that can decrease the risk of cancer, and ate accordingly, deaths from cancer could be reduced in this
country. Are you ready to make positive choices when selecting meals, and possibly lengthen your life?
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THE PERFECT SCHOOL
POOJA PATEL
Hoffman Estates High School
Dr. Samantha Dolen, Student Services Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Students in Japan go to a “cram session” after school. A school in England has graduation after eleventh grade.
In Australia, the year is divided into six terms. School systems around the world have different characteristics
that make each one unique. This project focuses on researching schools around the world, creating a lesson
program that enhances our school, and building a physical model of a classroom.
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ADULT ACCESSIBILITY TO PIANO PERFECTION
SARAH GALLO
William Fremd High School
Mrs. Karen Nedzel, Piano Instructor
The benefits of playing an instrument are numerous, but many adults are intimidated by the learning of a new
musical language and the excessive practicing required. This idea led to the creation of an instructional piano book
set exclusively for adult learners. The book’s format is designed to move at an adult pace as well as introducing
them to all keys, rather than the traditional Middle C method. Most adult players focus on the performance aspect
of piano-playing; the books share that focus. Two volumes, one with explanations, and its companion with written
exercises and compositions for practice, make up the set.
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REHABILITATION THROUGH MANIPULATION
STEFAN HYDE
James B. Conant High School
Dr. Heather Wisniewski, Owner
Restorative Health Care, P.C.
The idea of manipulating the energy flow in the human body originated many centuries ago in the time of ancient
Western civilization. It has been studied and used in martial arts training throughout the years, but the truth and
feasibility of the process have long been questioned. Now, with proven effects, new devices have been invented
to aid the progression of energy. With these new machines and methods, the energy flow in the body can be
manipulated to promote the growth of vascular (muscle) and skeletal (bone) tissues. Through this increase in
growth, the rehabilitation process for athletes can be accelerated to get them back on the field (or court) faster.
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THE ART OF CAKE DECORATION
KRISTEN STRAUSS Mrs. Debra Strauss, CPA, Cake Decorating Enthusiast
Palatine High School
Piping borders and flowers, molding gumpaste, and rolling fondant are all aspects of cake decorating. These
fundamentals of cake decoration as well as the preparation of special occasion cakes are the focus of this learning
experience. Cakes decorated with royal icing, rolled fondant, gumpaste, and buttercream are all displayed.
Arrangements featuring both fall and spring flowers are presented.
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MAN ON MARS
AAKASH BAVISHI
Hoffman Estates High School
Dr. Geza Gyuk, Director of Astronomy
Adler Planetarium
In 1969, Neil Armstrong shattered barriers in space travel by stepping onto the Moon. The next step is to put a
man on Mars. This study focuses on this effort and offers solutions to these obstacles: maintaining essential life
supplies, sheer distance, lack of normal gravity, psychological burdens, crew selection, communications, traveling
on Mars, and radiation. All of these must be overcome for this program to succeed. Putting a man on Mars would
create an exciting possibility for human inhabitance and pose a great global challenge for mankind.
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AUTISM ON THE PLAYGROUND
JANE DANSTROM
William Fremd High School
Mrs. Linda Gilles-Zirbes, Occupational Therapist
District 15
What makes an autistic child different from his neurologically normal peers is manifested in his social habits,
and as autism affects 1 in 150 births in the United States of America, there is a growing need for new therapies
that will encourage more socially acceptable behaviors. Autistic children can have problems in various social
areas, including turn taking and sharing, following verbal instructions, imaginary skills, and being aware of others
both spatially and emotionally. This study focuses on improving social behaviors in autistic children ranging
from eight to ten years old.
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CRIMINAL PROFILING USED TO IDENTIFY ZODIAC KILLER
KELSEY MCMAHON
James B. Conant High School
Ms. Jennifer Pettyjohn, Science Department
James B. Conant High School
Criminal Profiling, a method used by investigators to identify unknown suspects’ personality traits, has been
introduced into the field of criminology. This means of classification has been scrutinized by many, but recently
detectives and psychologists alike have used this technique to help narrow down the range of suspects in a crime
down to a general pool. The infamous Zodiac killer from the San Francisco Bay Area has left investigators
stumped for nearly 40 years as to who he is, how he chose his victims, and whether or not he is still alive. The
suspect pool for this particular case is thousands, and I have used the method of criminal profiling to narrow
down the list to only one.
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STEREOTYPES
POONAM SAHASRABUDHE
Schaumburg High School
Mr. Jason Campbell, Science Department
Schaumburg High School
Nerd, jock, prep and popular. These are some of the most common stereotypes in today’s society. Most people
would say that stereotyping is bad and is uncommmon. They would say there is no way you can know someone’s
personality from his/her appearance. Stereotyping is real, and happens on a daily basis. There’s no denying it.
But, how accurate are these stereotypes? Can you get past them and how important is it?
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STEREOTYPES
CARMEN PRESS
Schaumburg High School
Mr. Jason Campbell, Science Department
Schaumburg High School
“She is snobby,” “He is a geek.” Do you ever stereotype people based on their appearances? The truth is: everyone
stereotypes. But why do people stereotype? Can stereotyping sometimes be a good thing? What kind of appearance
gives off a certain impression? Find out how people stereotype and what impression you give off.
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MAGIC
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SLEEP WELL, SLEEP RIGHT, SLEEP HAPPY
DAVEN PATEL
Mr. Gary Kantor
Hoffman Estates High School
Illinois Park Districts
The great magician David Copperfield once said, “The real secret of magic lies in the performance.” Magic is an
art that has dazzled people for centuries. From the Middle Ages to the future, magic has been and will be one of
the most intriguing forms of entertainment this world will ever see. This study focuses on the fascinating history
of magic along with live performances of magic tricks.
SANUP DESAI
Schaumburg High School
Mrs. Preeti Patel, Sleep Physician
Alexian Brothers Sleep Health Center
Sleep is a basic necessity of life which is almost as important as food, air, water. However, the inability to get
refreshing sleep is a complex problem affecting more than 18 million Americans every year. Sleep deprivation
is an underlying cause to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and sometimes depression. However, this study focuses
on diagnosing patients through their individual problems and teaching people innovative yet easy techniques to
get a better and more refreshing sleep.
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SCOUTING THROUGH STATISTICS
MAX STEJSKAL
William Fremd High School
Mr. Tom Barnard, Former Pittsburgh Pirates Scout
The scouting process is an intricate and essential aspect to the success of a Major League Baseball organization.
The use of statistics while scouting can identify patterns and will be the future of scouting for years to come.
For my project, I created a scouting handbook with my philosophy of scouting through statistics and used my
own evaluation standards to rank college players entering the Major League Baseball draft.
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ART OF ADVERTISING
SAYALI SAKHARDANDE
Hoffman Estates High School
Mr. Kevin Beers, Art Department
Hoffman Estates High School
During the Superbowl, many people are more interested in the commercials than the actual game itself. These
thirty-second clips are not only entertaining, but are also quite effective. Advertising is a form of art whose
purpose is to inform potential customers about products and services. These customers are specified by various
demographics, and the research done to appeal to these demographics is vital. This independent study focuses
on the various age groups and the advertising techniques used to attract them.
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THEMES OF PHOTOGRAPHY
MO BRODEUR
Palatine High School
Mr. Tom Root, Photography Student
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
One 1970’s AE-1. Over ten rolls of film. Hundreds of sheets of photo paper. Uncounted hours sitting in a dark
room full of heavy equipment and toxic chemicals. An in school hobby has exploded into a hands on research
experiment, exploring jarring themes in modern artistic photography, eventually lending itself to a personal take
on this inspiring art form.
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BRIAN ADS ONLINE
BRIAN FALKENBERG
Palatine High School
Mr. Marvin Russell, Partner
Ocean Online Group
The new and innovative way of making money is online. This project combines the design process of building
a web site with the art of creating a functioning online business. Through Search Engine Optimization and web
site design, BrianAds.com allows Palatine area residents to post and read ads about jobs and other services that
are available in the community.
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NUTRITION: BODY AND MIND
RICHARD BARBORO
Schaumburg High School
Mr. Yemi Jadaga, Nursing
DuPage County Hospital
Nutrition goes much deeper than what you put into your body. Emotions, body physique, and mental clarity are
all qualities of the human body that revolve around proper nutrition. Knowing this, by understanding proper
nutrition, you can make simple changes in daily routines that will have very beneficial results. A routine containing
essential nutrition and efficient absorption positively influences how you look and feel.
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BIOFUELS
TOM JASIONOWSKI
William Fremd High School
Mr. Karl Craddock, Science Department
William Fremd High School
As technology advances, we are reaching further and further into the world of possibilities open to us. However,
there has always been one timer ticking down: The amount of fuel we have remaining. We only have a finite
amount of fossil fuel on our planet. If this runs out before we have a viable solution, what kind of disasters could
occur? This study and experimentation explores a specific alternative, ethanol, and the many varieties in which
it can be produced and used.
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MYSTERIES OF THE STOCK MARKET
AKASH SHAH
Hoffman Estates High School
Mr. Keith Peak, Mathematics Department
Hoffman Estates High School
The economy is extremely affected by the stock market. This project consists of basic stock market knowledge;
who created it, who controls it, and why it gives people money and power. However, besides that, not many people
know what else the stock market does, what it is used for, why people should invest, the many different types of
investments people can make, charts and graphs of stocks, and why kids should get interested in the market.
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IT’S ALL FUN AND GAMES
ABRIEL ROMERO
Mr. Keith Hadley, Director of Learning & Development
Schaumburg High School
CareerBuilder.com
Deciding on a career may be a choice that isn’t too far away for some people, and taking a “yes or no” career
inventory may not be the most effective way to discover your ideal job. In an effort to create a more practical
and hands-on type of survey, this project combines the analysis of an inventory with the interaction of games.
While playing different varieties of games, this experience will convert strategy, choice of game, and teamwork
into “skill scores.” The analysis of these ratings will be used to determine how well you can do at certain real-life
jobs. Therefore, your ability to play games might help you find success and the best job for you.
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AUTOMOTIVE DESIGN
BRIAN LINDGREN
James B. Conant High School
Mr. John Kern, Applied Technology Department
James B. Conant High School
The U.S. has one of the lowest fuel economy standards in the world, and with fuel prices at record highs,
Americans are really feeling the pain at the pump. Furthermore, the greenhouse gases emitted by our cars are
largely responsible for the major issue of global warming. Because of this, countless Americans are looking
to buy cleaner-burning, more-fuel-efficient vehicles, but many are turned off by the usually quite pedestrian
performance of these models. So why can’t an economy car be a sports car, too? The reality is that it can be, and
this project examines the best qualities of both and combines them into something unique. This new vehicle will
be capable of both outstanding fuel economy and excellent automotive performance.
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DREAM HOUSE
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CELL PHONES OF THE FUTURE
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REALITY TV AT ITS FINEST!
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DISCOVER THE INVISIBLE
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PARK DESIGN
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POINTS FOR PUPS
SID MATTA
Mr. Alex Larson, Applied Technology Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Hoffman Estates High School
What is your “Dream House?” Is it a mansion on a hilltop, or a cottage by a lake, or a townhouse overlooking
a golf course? An appropriate dream house is one that satisfies your desires and includes a price within your
limits. This project displays my dream house, which might work for you, too.
CHRISTOPHER BAKER
Mr. Charles Swope, Cell phone development
Schaumburg High School
Motorola
Have you ever wondered what your cell phone will look like in 30 years? What will it be able to do? With cell
phones becoming more common and integral in our every day lives these are important questions. The cell phone
will play a key role in the development of our society and help to shape its future. This study focuses on the rapid
development of the cell phone and what it will be like in 15-30 years, as well as the impact of cell technology
development on society and its positive applications.
COLETTE GHUNIM
Mrs. Christina Ordonez, English Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Hoffman Estates High School
What makes you addicted to trashy pointless reality TV shows? Is it the loud obnoxious competitors fighting with
everyone on the show? Is it the anxiety seeing who wins the big cash prize? Reality TV has taken over every
channel on the tube; every day, conversations about last night’s episodes of American Idol, Real World, or Big
Brother fill the hallways at school and the coffee room at the workplace. This drama-filled project delves into all
the sneaky aspects producers use to get viewers to watch their show. For your viewing pleasure, a new hit show
has premiered in the Hoffman Estates auditorium, and here tonight, to keep you on the edge of your seat!
PINKESH SHAH
Mr. Ryan Brown, English Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Hoffman Estates High School
Starting back in the 1980s, the Lord’s Resistance Army, started by Alice Lakwena, and the Ugandan government have
been waging a war that has left nearly two million innocent civilians in danger. Because the Ugandan government
cannot care for its citizens, many have been put into crammed government camps. Despite the safety of the camps, the
children have suffered from the insufficient educational materials. To help combat the lack of education, this project
focuses on raising awareness, as well as money, to help rebuild schools and provide an adequate amount of books.
TREVOR PETERS
Mr. Kevin Karlstedt, Owner
Palatine High School
Karlstedt Landscaping
Open land is valuable on its own in the suburbs, but open land that can provide a natural and beautiful recreation
area is even better. The process of designing a park may seem daunting, but it really boils down to the following
steps: Gather the land dimensions, clear what is necessary, create a design involving landscaping and recreational
apparatus, prepare a budget, purchase materials...and then just build the park!
ABEL HERNANDEZ
Ms. Anna Friedman, Outreach Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator
Hoffman Estates High School
Anderson Animal Shelter
The species of animal known as a dog is said to be man’s best friend; so why do so many dogs die every week for
no worthy reason? Three to four million cats and dogs are euthanized every year by animal shelters nationwide.
There are organizations that try to help these animals, but it takes more than a small group of benevolent people to
stop animal cruelty and unnecessary death. This project consists of a fundraising event to help raise awareness about
animal welfare issues and getting as many people as possible to take action to save as many lives as possible.
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BUILDING A BALLISTA
CHRISTOPHER CORRAO
William Fremd High School
Mr. Roger Corrao, PCB Designer
Motorola
The ballista was an ancient siege weapon used in Greek, Roman, and Medieval times. Resembling a large
crossbow, it was capable of launching projectiles hundreds of feet. This project aims to construct one of these
fearsome war machines.
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A HELPING HAND
ASHLEY BLUM
Schaumburg High School
Mrs. Nella Coleman, Counselor
Last year,157 children died as a result of undiagnosed and unnoticed abuse or neglect. Anyone can recognize
child abuse when bruises or malnourishment are present, but not when children appear normal. Parents need to
know ways to seek help when stressed. This project is built on the foundation of educating all families about
signs of abuse and easier ways to prevent and stop abuse.
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WRITING SCRIPTS FOR TELEVISION
VICTORIA HALEVY
William Fremd High School
Mr. Schaefer, English Department
William Fremd High School
Have you ever wondered what needs to happen to get your favorite television show on the screen? I have written
a screenplay for a children’s television show. I learned how to write the first two scripts and storyboards for the
programs. It turns out TV isn’t just about acting!
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MEET THE REAL BIG BAD WOLVES
CADY GOTTLIEB
Palatine High School
Mrs. Reenie Matteo, Student Services Department
Palatine High School
Wolf culture is comparable to human culture. Just as wolves did, humans evolved as group hunters, banding
together to survive in the wild, or in other words, high-school. It’s much easier to exist feeling part of something,
like a clique or a pack. This satirical documentary exposes the inner functionings of a pack of teenage girls
and their instinctual power struggle to become “top dog.” Group dynamics among wolf packs and cliques are
compared and contrasted, each having conflict, competition, and companionship.
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NEW DIRECTIONS IN FILMMAKING
EMILEE SUCHOMSKI
James B. Conant High School
Mrs. Karla Modelski, English Department
James B. Conant High School
In today’s world, the art of Hollywood filmmaking is more popular and technologically advanced than it has ever
been. Experts in the business show their creativity and skill every day to present one of the most entertaining
mediums on earth. Many times for a teenager, learning the skills of professional filmmakers is easier “read” than
actually done. With my carefully researched and experimented 30-minute video guide, anyone can jumpstart his
career as a new and inventive filmmaker.
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THE MAKING OF A DOCUMENTARY (A DOCUMENTARY)
DANIELLE VETTER
Schaumburg High School
Mrs. Lori Bethran, Film Maker
Documentary: presenting facts objectively without editorializing or inserting fictional matter, as in a book or
film. One of America’s most beloved pastimes is watching motion pictures. Since the mid-1800s, film has been
used in many wonderful ways. A key genre of film is documentaries. This project explores the making and the
history of documentaries presented in the form of a student-made and directed documentary. This film considers
the different aspects of making a film and also, how to share your passion through filmmaking.
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KILLING KENYA: THE AIDS EPIDEMIC
RACHEL SWANSON
William Fremd High School
Mrs. Marisa Wiewall, Director
American Friends of Kenya, Inc.
An estimated 38 million people in the world have AIDS. Approximately 1.2 million live in Kenya, many of
whom cannot afford the proper care and medication. I am bringing attention to this cause with a documentary
that includes: presentation of research, photographs, video, and interviews. Also, I sold jewelry made by a
Kenyan woman with AIDS to raise money for American Friends of Kenya.
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DIRECTING A DOCUMENTARY
JUSTIN BRAUER
Palatine High School
Mr. David B. Grelck, Photographer/ Filmmaker
Cabernet Studios at Essence
With the rise of the modern documentary, many people have argued over what constitutes a true “documentary.”
Is it docudrama? Is it docuganda? Is it reality TV? Is it a television interview? This documentary on music
education not only reveals how to film, direct, and produce an independent documentary, but also strives to
capture unfiltered reality.
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CYSTIC FIBROSIS: A BREATH OF HOPE
ALICE LIU Dr. Girish Sharma, Director of Cystic Fibrosis Center
William Fremd High School
Rush University Medical Center
Cystic fibrosis, the most common and lethal genetic disease in the white population, afflicts one in every 3,500
Caucasians, causing problems in the respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems, as well as in the sweat
glands. Although rapid progress has been made, a cure has not yet been found. This documentary film focuses
on educating the masses about CF and continuing the search for a much needed cure.
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BLOW...YOUR...MIND!!!
AARON VERA
Hoffman Estates High School
Mr. Bob Coakley, English Department
Hoffman Estates High School
In the world we live in today, most people think there is no time to exercise their mind. Little do they know that
puzzles lay all around them. From figuring out a math problem to actually going to a riddle website, the brain
can be challenged to expand its limits. This project deals with how mind games can be beneficial to anyone and
how they affect the brain.
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HIGH SCHOOL PASSER RATING
RICO PRESTIA
James B. Conant High School
Mr. Robert Borczak, Science Department
James B. Conant High School
There has always been a need for a way to judge quarterbacks. One was created for the NFL, called the passer
rating. The problem with this system, though, is that it is very complicated to compute and there are flaws within
the equation. This project creates a high school passer rating that is easy to compute and uses more accurate stats
to figure out who is the best passer.
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CREATING A GUITAR -- GUITAR HERO STYLE
ADAM GRAINAWI
Palatine High School
Mr. Jamal Grainawi, Chief Structural Engineer
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Guitar Hero is a phenomenon that has swept the entire nation, and nearly everyone has either heard of or played
it. The guitar apparatus that comes with the game is dissected and studied, piece by piece, in this project.
After completely taking apart a real electric guitar, the home-made guitar circuit board was ported into it. The
combination of this plastic guitar and a traditional one has morphed it into a stylish device that is perfect for
guitar hero enthusiasts.
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DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER
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TEACHING CHINESE
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WHAT LURKS IN THE DARK
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A GREEN HOME
AFSARA ZAHEED
Mr. Matthew Dowd, Social Studies Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Hoffman Estates High School
Forgetfulness is experienced by people of all ages. Students in particular are constantly required to remember
important information in their daily lives. It is essential to know the different techniques that are effective
in retaining information. This study explores the various methods used to improve memory in ways that are
convenient and constructive.
STEVEN SHAO
Mrs. Li Lu, Teacher
William Fremd High School
Xilin Chinese School
Conventional techniques for teaching Chinese rely on learning pin-yin and then learning the characters by sheer
memorization. This new method incorporates pictures and symbols which help students remember the meaning
and pronunciation of characters. This method helps the student learn more characters in less time, and makes
learning the language enjoyable!
KYLEE HEINE Dr. Geza Gyuk, Department of Astronomy, Director
Hoffman Estates High School
Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
Just because you can’t see it, touch it, smell it, or taste it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Dark matter and its counterpart,
dark energy, lurk in the darkness of space and affect the entire universe. Dark matter may hold galaxies together
while dark energy may push them apart. Will dark energy someday tear the whole universe apart? Will dark matter
smash the entire universe together? Come to the dark side… We’ve got cookies! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!
MELANIE MARKS
Mrs. Roxanne Mikulecky, Substitute Teacher
Schaumburg High School
District U46
The most prevalent issues in society today are all centered around environmental protection and climate warming.
Humans need to be more conscious in the way they treat the earth, and they also need to adapt their ways of living
to be compatible with the changing climate. One of the many ways to aid the environment in its recovery is to alter
the way architects create homes. This study focuses on designing a dream home that is also earth friendly.
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SHANI CHIBBER
Mr. Eric Jacobsen, Social Studies Department
James B. Conant High School
James B. Conant High School
According to a recent study, an estimated 21 million Americans are currently living with the daily challenges
diabetes presents, with 6.2 million of them unaware they have the disease. These numbers are expected to rise
significantly in the near future, so it is extremely important that teens as well as adults can identify the causes and
effects of this disease. This project is an in-depth study of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, presenting research
about diabetes treatment and control. A self- written and self-published book has been created for both teens and
adults explaining ways they can prevent themselves from developing type 2 diabetes and lead healthier lives.
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PAWPRINTS: THE MAKING OF A SCHOOL PERIODICAL
DARCY MCLINDEN
Mrs. Karla Modelski, English Department
James B. Conant High School
James B. Conant High School
Mr. Zak Zerby, English Department
James B. Conant High School
Conant High School has a school newspaper with a focus on school events and a fine arts magazine with a focus
on art and literary work. Why not have something with both? PawPrints, an extension of the school paper, The
Crier, was created based on that idea. The making of the “zine” involved researching journalism and free speech.
PawPrints was made to be a periodical with a looser format where all students could send in submissions. The
paper will continue to come out with publications, and hopefully it will become a Conant tradition.
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NOW YOU SEE IT, WHERE’D IT GO?
ADAM GARRISON
Palatine High School
Mr. Bruce Young, Magician and Entertainer
Magicians and sleight of hand artists are known to amaze and confound their crowds through their illusions, yet
keep their methods secret. An amateur performer demonstrates all levels of sleights using cards, coins, thimbles,
balls, and various objects to entertain all ages and provides an explanation for how each individual act is done.
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MUSICAL MANIPULATION
ZACH STEINBACH
Schaumburg High School
Mr. Gregg Tipps, Music Department
Schaumburg High School
No matter what preference of music you have, it subconsciously affects you. With everything you hear around
you, your mind changes accordingly. However, there are no truly clear reasons as to how and why, especially
from the music aspect. This independent study is to shed light on the reasons and why. This study will give a
basic understanding of the brain’s reactions to sound and will also help people understand how music affects
their personalities. Ever wonder what music might do to you? Come find out.
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A NOVEL IDEA
ALEXANDRA PURGATORIO
James B. Conant High School
Mrs. Shelia Gummerson, English Department
James B. Conant High School
The process of simply reading a novel is easy enough, but what happens behind the scenes? How does one write
a novel that not only captures readers’ interest, but also provides an intriguing storyline? This project, A Novel
Idea, explains how to write the next great American novel. The project provides an example of a novel-in-progress.
Follow the story of Frai Kilma, a misguided and confused man with a huge and powerful responsibility. Will he use
his newfound abilities for good, or will a series of unfortunate events conspire against him and lead Frai astray?
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PERFECTING THE PRISON
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THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE
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OBAMA VS. MCCAIN IN THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
MEAGHAN DEEGAN
Palatine High School
Throughout history, prisons have failed to alter their designs to successfully benefit all of society. With the
architectural redesign of a prison, change can effectively impact the mindset of those living and working inside
its walls while revising the societal stereotypes of prisons themselves. An ideal design promotes a prison that is
beneficial to society as a whole by confirming the safety of all and by promoting a positive change in those who
have been a detriment to society.
HANNAH WORMAN
Mr. Alex Larson, Applied Technology Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Hoffman Estates High School
Eight years from now could be Chicago’s turn to host the Summer Olympics. Thousands of athletes, coaches, spectators,
and officials will pour in to Chicagoland. What to do with all those people? The athletes need a convenient, comfortable,
secure place to stay where they can train and prepare for their events. The Olympic Village, such as the one designed
for this project, will be the place for athletes to stay during their experience here in Chicago for the 2016 Olympics.
LAUREN WEIL
Mr. Gillette, Social Studies Department
James B. Conant High School
James B. Conant High School
One of the prime issues concerning our country is the Presidential Election of 2008. With our country’s economy
going amiss and the war in Iraq commanding our attention, picking a leader has become a very important issue.
Barack Obama, the leading Democratic runner, and John McCain, the leading Republican runner, have shown
their leadership skills throughout their campaigns. This study focuses on comparing and contrasting the views of
Senator Obama and Senator McCain, their plans for our country’s future, and how the election process works.
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SO LET’S TALK
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BUILDING BLOCKS OF FUN: LEGO BRICKS
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OPERATION IRAQ HOMECOMING
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SLEEP DEPRIVATION
LISA CAPONIGRI
Mr. Ted Bailey, Student Services Department
Schaumburg High School
Schaumburg High School
Teen bereavement is a study with a growing concern in the psychological world. When one is struck by the loss
of a loved one, that person looks to others for comfort. People like that cannot always be found within one’s
immediate social circle. In this project, bereaved teens get a chance to connect with people all over the world in
similar situations, without the awkwardness of being face to face with strangers.
KYLE MCCALL
Palatine High School
Lego bricks are a toy found in households around the world. People have made livings by building Lego models
for the Legoland theme parks or by creating custom models for customers. Several custom-made models are
displayed along with descriptions of leading Lego artists. Also included is research on the design of models and
details on the design of the models on display.
ROHUN PAPA
Mr. John Braglia, Social Studies Department
James B. Conant High School
James B. Conant High School
This year will mark the 7th anniversary of the United States’s occupation of the state of Iraq. The government,
with the assistance of the media, has made the American public believe that US occupation is the last stitch
holding Iraq together and preventing a civil war. However, even after seven years there is no visible sign of any
decrease in insurgent attacks or deaths of Iraqi civilians; it seems as if US troops will never return home. Even
after US withdrawal of Iraq many questions still remain unanswered: Where will the US get its oil from? How
will the US ensure peace in Iraq? Will the war against terror resume? This project will answer these questions,
along with many more, and will devise a plan to get US troops off of Iraqi soil.
VIBHESH PATEL
Hoffman Estates High School
Mr. Matthew Dowd, Social Studies Department
Hoffman Estates High School
In our fast-paced technological world, 60% of Americans are deprived of sleep every day. This study focuses
on the effects of sleep deprivation, including a 50+ hour personal sleepless stretch. Both long-term and shortterm sleep losses are explored.
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TIME FOR CHANGE
KAYLIE WOOMER
Schaumburg High School
Mr. Aaron Phillips, Social Studies Department
Schaumburg High School
The Roman Empire, Nazi Germany, the Democratic Republic of the United States. Ever wonder how such drastic
changes in society came about? This project looks into the formula of change, from political rivalries to hostile
corporate takeovers. This will act as a model of useful analytical devices that can serve as a way of rethinking
past trends and making connections, as well as aiding the prediction of future Modern Eras. This model can also
be implemented as a way to break the cycle of change and to gain national, and even global, stability.
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FLATLAND: A GAME OF MANY DIMENSIONS
SHUGO TANAKA
Hoffman Estates High School
Mr. Neill Glancy
Midway Games
The video game industry is one of the fastest growing and changing industries in the world. This project presents
the designing, drawing, programming, and all other aspects of creating a video game. “Flatland” challenges the
norm as it whisks players into the second dimension and allows them to explore the dimensions surrounding it.
Based on E. A. Abbott’s hundred-year-old novel of the same name, this surreal game challenges the player to
view things in an entirely new perspective– something that can only truly be done in the video game medium.
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MOUNTAIN GORILLA HABITAT CONSERVATION
BETH GEBBEKEN
James B. Conant High School
Mrs. Mary Kay Albamonte, English Department
James B. Conant High School
Zoos are a common part of American life. Not only do they provide cities with extra revenue from tourism, but
they also promote education about different animal species. One animal that is not included in zoo exhibits is the
Mountain Gorilla. With only 700 of these animals left in the wild, ecologists and park rangers are doing everything
possible to save them; yet, there are none in captivity. The goal of my study is to create a zoo exhibit that is not
only enriching for the gorillas, but mimics their natural environment, and is cost effective for the zoo.
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ROLLER COASTERS
SMIT PATEL
Hoffman Estates High School
Mr. Joe Kulesza, Science Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Roller coasters are the superstars of amusement parks! Ever wonder why you don’t fall off a rollercoaster when
going through a loop? Want to know the fastest, steepest, highest roller coasters around the world? Want to
know the maximum gravitational force survived by man? This project explores the fascinating physics behind
roller coasters, how they originated, the record breakers, and the upcoming designs that will thrill riders to the
extreme in future amusement parks!
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CAPITALIST VENTURES
NICK GEBBIA
Hoffman Estates High School
Mr. Fred Gebbia, Owner
Fence Doctors Inc.
Mrs. Lindsay Nustra Karnats, Art Department
Hoffman Estates High School
The skateboarding industry has been gaining popularity among teens and children ever since it began. It has
also, more recently, been attracting entrepreneurs. The “for skaters by skaters” idea has become increasingly
popular. Many professionals start their own teams, local skaters with the entrepreneurial spirit start their own
skate shops, and still other local enthusiasts begin with nothing more than a t-shirt design and a MySpace URL.
The goal of my company, El Toro Rails, is to supply skate rails which are durable and custom-made, yet still
affordable for the average teen.
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MUSIC AND THE TEENAGER
KATIE BURKMAN
James B. Conant High School
Mrs. Vaishali Bhavsar, Social Studies Department
James B. Conant High School
Teenagers use music to induce emotions or to relate the music to their emotions. With this, different genres of
music create different emotions and physical effects. The genres of music that this project focuses on are rock,
rap, dance/pop, and classical/jazz. This project examines the psychological and physical effects of music on
suburban high school students.
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PREVENTING AGE RELATED COGNITIVE DECLINE
LISA KOENIG
Mrs. Nancy Kukankos, Supervisor of Prevention and Volunteer Services
William Fremd High School
The Bridge Youth and Family Services
You walk into a room and forget why you’re there. You run into an old friend but you just can’t seem to remember
his name. The classic “senior moments,” as they have come to be known. But why does this happen to us? And
more importantly, what can be done to prevent it?
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MARTIALPHYSIBIOLOGY
ALEXANDER ODA
Hoffman Estates High School
Mr. Joe Kulesza, Science Department
Hoffman Estates High School
In today’s society, Martial Arts are being commonly accepted as an effective means of self-defense. The strikes
and stances involved with these fighting styles can help save lives and protect people in dangerous situations.
However, few people understand why Martial Arts work. This study looks at the physics of various fighting styles
by calculating the force exerted from certain moves. This information is used to figure out how much energy is
exerted by punches and kicks, and why these stylized movements are so effective.
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WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
REBECCA MORIARTY
Palatine High School
Mrs. Patti Vande Hey, Special Education Teacher
Sanborn Elementary School
Those who don’t know better stare when they see someone with disabilities. They don’t know what to do or
how to act. The inclusion of special education students in regular classroom settings is becoming the norm in
today’s schools and is helping to solve this problem. This study focuses on communication devices and buddy
partnering techniques which create bridges of understanding between two different worlds. Students beginning
to understand people with disabilities might inspire the rest of the world to do so also.
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EFFICIENT ENERGY
MOLIN RAY
Hoffman Estates High School
Mr. Steve Matthies, Science Department
Hoffman Estates High School
One of the most significant concerns about the world economy today is how it will be affected when the world
runs out of a valued resource known as oil. Throughout the world, many scientists and researchers are trying to
find an environmentally safe solution to the oil dilemma. Solutions to this perplexing problem are very complex;
this project focuses on illuminating these solutions and predicting how they will affect society in the future.
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3D GRAPHICS ANIMATION AND GAMING
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HOLOGRAMS
TIFANY YUNG
Mr. Amar Patel, Math Department
James B. Conant High School
James B. Conant High School
Mr. Jem Yung, Network administrator
Quebecor World
This study focuses on developing a game through manipulation of 3D graphics. The software used, called Blender,
allows direct interaction with virtual objects on screen in order to model players, scenes, etc. The game consists
of three labyrinths, each with a goal area leading to the next stage. The gamer guides the one character through
the mazes, gathering as many pickups as possible. In order to increase the level of difficulty, the camera is set
so the player is inside the labyrinth instead of looking down at it. The game was completed by merging the files
containing the player character and the labyrinths.
VIRAJ PATEL
Hoffman Estates High School
Mr. Joe Kulesza, Science Department
Hoffman Estates High School
When princess Leia was projected by R2D2 in Star Wars she was seen as a hologram. Every year billions of pictures
are taken. Imagine these pictures being displayed holographically rather than in only two dimensions. Holograms
are already being used in art, medicine, sports and entertainment. Experience the art and science of holograms.
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SEARCHING FOR SONGS BY SINGING
ARJUN PURANIK
William Fremd High School
Mr. Chak Dantaluri, Senior Engineering Manager
Motorola
Most searches of music consist of the user inputting text associated with the song, such as the title or artist’s name.
However, this is unnatural because we remember songs by their tunes. This is not always functional, because we
sometimes don’t know the titles of songs even when we know what they sound like. This project aimed to create a JAVA
program which interprets user input (vocal or instrumental) and attempts to match it to a flexible database of songs.
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IMMIGRANT EDUCATION
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DYSLEXIA: A BATTLE TO LEARN
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MENDING LITTLE HEARTS
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HYDROGEN AS THE NEW GASOLINE
ERIC DEBELLIS
Mr. Parveen Goyal, Immigration Attorney
Palatine High School
Law Offices of Parveen K. Goyal, LTD.
Immigration is a prominent issue in the United States today. Many have opinions on the immigration process,
but few can support these opinions with facts and first-hand experience. This study involves the education of
undocumented immigrants on how and why to become “legal,” combining knowledge gained from secondary
source research and first-hand correspondence with immigration attorney Parveen Goyal.
GAYTRI PATEL
Mr. Erik Hauser, Science Department
James B. Conant High School
James B. Conant High School
Have you ever felt as if you just can’t get something right? Dyslexics oftentimes experience this as they are not able
to correctly perceive written and oral languages. Due to this, children with dyslexia need special accommodations
and training in order to overcome their battle. Currently, the National Institute of Health recognizes that one in
five children suffers from some form of dyslexia and the numbers keep rising due to the lack of awareness. This
project focuses on a teaching method that is aimed at helping auditory and visual dyslexics, along with raising
awareness so that every child gets an equal opportunity to leave his or her mark on the world.
KATY JO PETERS
Mrs. Jaime Olsen, Group Coordinator
Palatine High School
Mended Little Hearts of Children’s Memorial Hospital
Cardiovascular disease ranks as the No. 2 cause of death for children under the age of fifteen. Many of these children
undergo several major cardiovascular procedures, leaving them in intensive care for weeks or more at a time. These
long stays take a toll on not just the child, but the members of his/her family as well. Through Mended Little Hearts
of Children’s Memorial Hospital, these families are receiving a beacon of hope through care packages and support.
BERTO DIAZ
William Fremd High School
Mr. Bill Hoffman, Chemical Engineer
Motorola
Pollution is a problem that will plague our society until we move away from the use of fossil fuels. Hydrogen is
easily created, renewable, and a clean fuel to produce and utilize. To stop our deadly habits we need solutions
and we need them fast. This project attempts to make a bridge between gasoline internal combustion engines
and expensive hydrogen fuel cells by modifying an internal combustion engine to burn hydrogen gas. A major
challenge is compressing the hydrogen so that enough of it can get into the engine and keep it running.
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THE PROBLEMS WITH CHARITIES
ARJUN SRIVASTAVAMrs. Kelly O’ Connor, Business Education Department
James B. Conant High School
James B. Conant High School
Every year, Americans donate about $170.6 million to charities, but are we fully aware of where the money is
going? It is estimated that charities retain $63.5 million or 37.24% of those donations. My study focuses on how
widespread the problem is, and how we can become wiser regarding where we give our money by understanding
what makes some charities better than others.
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HAPPY?
TEMPEST CAMPBELL
Schaumburg High School
Ms. Kimberly Shade, Art Department
Schaumburg High School
By 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of death and disability in the world, so says the World
Health Organization (WHO). This depression is caused by more stressful lifestyles, poverty, and violence. Don’t
become a part of that; positive psychology has become a growing way of helping people and showing those who
do not suffer from severe mental illness how to become happier. Simple exercises and better thinking will provide
a guarantee that you and your children will not become a WHO statistic. Avoiding depression and becoming a
happier person is easier than you think.
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CAFETERIA IMPROVEMENTS
PAUL ORGAN
Hoffman Estates High School
Mr. Steven Matthies, Science Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Since their invention people have complained profusely about the many shortfalls of school cafeterias. Using
skills such as architectural design, nutrition, and psychology, this project takes these complaints and attempts to
remedy many of the common problems. Crowded lines, unhealthy food and little variety are among the problems
assessed and given possible solutions through this project.
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BE AWARE: ADOLESCENT HYPERTENSION
MONICA CASTILLO
Mr. Ramon Castillo, MD, Family Medicine
James B. Conant High School
Advocate Health Care
Mrs. Lourdes Ramos-Castillo, MD, Internal Medicine
Hypertension in adolescents is often undiagnosed by doctors, even when risk factors such as obesity, family
history, race, and lack of physical activity are noted. This project investigates the blood pressure trends of
twenty-five high school students in relation to the risk factors of hypertension. This study compares the blood
pressure readings of suburban teens at Conant High School to the rest of the adolescent population in the nation,
increasing the awareness of hypertension for all people, especially the young. An informed society will give
future generations more chances to live long and healthy lives, along with preventing potentially fatal outcomes
as the result of hypertension in adolescents.
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SAVING OUR SOLDIERS THROUGH THE SKY
MONA PATEL Ms. Melanie Hopkins, Student Services Department
Schaumburg High School
Schaumburg High School
A father, a son, or a brother is risking his life fighting for our country at this very moment. What happens if this
soldier is shot down and unable to move, but nowhere near death? Who will help him? Who will save him? The
yet-to-be-made Chinook 47-D military medical helicopter that can carry up to 27 hurt soldiers and 5 medical
personnel can save this man’s life. With the help of a wind-powered energy generator, this man can be treated
on his way to a hospital from inside the helicopter. This man is saved to live another day.
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SAVING OUR SOLDIERS THROUGH THE SKY
NATALIE CHAKERES Ms. Melanie Hopkins, Student Services Department
Schaumburg High School
Schaumburg High School
You’re running through a battlefield with only your gun, helmet, and bulletproof vest to protect you. A shock
wave forces you to the ground, but when you stand you realize all your comrades have been injured. The buzz of
enemy airplane engines and the whip of the helicopters hover above you, dropping bombs. You call in for a fleet
of Chinook 47-D helicopters to come lift your comrades to safety, but you know this will not do much for many,
because they will die awaiting help. My partner and I are creating a newly innovated Chinook 47-D helicopter
that will make it possible to save these men with in-flight operations to bring them home to see another day.
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THE DEVOLUTION OF MUSIC
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IMPREG-NATION
MICHAEL BARSALOUX
Mr. Chris Petke, Guitar Instructor
James B. Conant High School
Roselle Music
After researching and examining many sources credible to the specific art form of Rock Music, my study has
determined that even the highest ranking officials feel today’s music in the genre of Rock ‘N’ Roll has deteriorated.
This project evaluates rock music over time, since the 1950s, and in effect grades and compares them side-byside, proving that Rock Music has “devolved” over time.
REBEKAH CHARLIER Mrs. Jenny Grapenthin, Student Services Department
Palatine High School
Palatine High School
Teenage pregnancy is perceived as a huge problem in modern day America. But is it always a problem that
should be prevented? The causes of teenage pregnancy are not as obvious as they seem. The motivation behind
becoming pregnant as a teen girl is tied to complex cultural values. Culture and background play large roles in
a teen girl’s desire to become a mother.
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NATALIA WOODBINE Mrs. Cindy Kozlowski, Student Services Department
James B. Conant High School
James B. Conant High School
Take a juicy slab of genetics, season it with brain development, and garnish with evolution. Cook over a heated
argument until golden and serve up on a platter of controversy. For too long we have been starving for answers,
clanging our utensils on the Table of Truth chanting, “Nature or Nurture?!” But dinner is on the house tonight so
prepare to dig into something fresh! A brand new outlook on human intelligence is the Chef’s special for tonight,
and you’re sure to find the blend of primitive and modern application satisfying. Bon appetit!
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STAMPING OUT LONELINESS
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SOCIAL STORIES: A SOCIAL APPROACH FOR AUTISTIC KIDS
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PLASMA GLOW
ELLEN GORDON Mrs. Susan Ruohonen, Manager of Family Services
Palatine High School
Children’s Memorial Hospital
Over 9,000 children a year are admitted to Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park. Many teenagers admit
feeling bored and lonely during their stay, especially on the weekends. Stamping Out Loneliness is a program
that regularly comes into the hospital on weekends, providing teenagers with a chance to leave their rooms
and interact with other teens in the hospital, while they make their own cards through the craft of stamping.
Information on Stamping Out Loneliness, volunteering at Children’s Memorial Hospital, and a chance to make
your own card to keep or give to the children at the hospital are available at the booth.
PARTH PATEL Mrs. Maureen Donehey, World Language Department
James B. Conant High SchoolMrs. Vivian Zyrcowski, Special Education Department
James B. Conant High School
The prevalence of autism has begun to rise within the general population of young kids and even the older
generation. This has resulted in an increased number of studies looking into the various treatment plans for autistic
individuals. Although no “cure” for autism has been developed, many therapies and some medications have
been helpful for these individuals. One common treatment approach developed is the social stories intervention
developed by Carol Gray. This method helps autistic children learn various skills through the use of simple
stories. For my project, I decided to experiment with the social stories approach by creating a small booklet of
social stories which would be applicable for a typical high school student in the school setting.
MATTHEW SCHNURR
Mr. Michael Karasch, Applied Technology Department
William Fremd High School
William Fremd High School
There’s another form of matter out there. It’s unusual. It’s powerful. And it’s the most abundant form of matter in
the universe. It’s plasma. The same thing that powers stars and HDTVs is captured in the coolest use of plasma
ever: The Plasma Speaker. Come and have a listen.
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THE RETURN OF THE PENCIL
BRIANNA SAVIANO
Schaumburg High School
Mr. Kevin Panek, Architect
Kevin Panek, Architect, LLC
Personalization and intimacy in design are appearing less and less in the world of architecture. All a person
needs to do is plug measurements into a program and voila, a plain and generic model of a house is drawn out
in simple lines. This impersonal method should end; it’s time to bring the pencil back. One designer along with
a client should sit down and create an ideal home with any and all features.
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BIPOLAR I DISORDER
KAYLA SLIWKA
James B. Conant High School
Mrs. Vaishali Bavashar, Social Studies Department
James B. Conant High School
Bipolar I Mood Disorder is one of the most misunderstood diseases in society today. Familiar movies that many
of us watch portray this affliction as far more extreme than the real personalities of the victims of this lifelong,
yet surmountable obstacle. Common stereotypes that people with bipolar disorder face can be righted if we try
to understand. This study focuses on awareness so people can throw these stereotypes away, and understand the
truth about Bipolar I Mood Disorder.
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THE LAST COMPUTER YOU WILL EVER NEED
BOB THOMS
Schaumburg High School
Mr. Allen Hecker, Networking
Covad
To most people computers are very complicated. Although it is simple to just buy a computer online, there are
a lot of benefits to building a computer. This project will help you build a computer from scratch, saving money
and, in some cases, time. Built for your needs, a personalized computer can meet your needs better than a store
bought one. A store bought computer and a home-made one have many differences, such as the longevity of the
computer. From SATA drives to bus speed this independent study will tell you all you need to know to build the
best computer you will ever have. This study will even have an example of a home built computer to showcase
the parts and their uses.
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DON’T STOP THE MUSIC
JENNY PROKUSKI
James B. Conant High School
Ms. Holly Kamberos, Music Department
James B. Conant High School
Due to recent education laws putting pressure on schools to improve test scores, along with cuts in schools’
budgets, music is becoming less important to schools throughout the United States. What many educators and
school board members don’t realize is that music is not only an enriching subject for young minds, but it can
also improve test scores. Completed project includes concert with proceeds donated to help underprivileged
children receive music lessons.
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BRACELET FUNDRAISER
AMBER PALCHECK
Mrs. Renee Bagg, Bracelet Maker
William Fremd High School
Ms. Kathleen Hanlon
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Mr. Craig Hippensteel, Web Design
Tired of overused fundraisers? Need a new idea for a school fundraiser? Are you interested in fashion and
design? Bracelets were designed and created for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, sold, and then all of the
profits were donated to the JDRF. The website www.braceletfundraiser.org was created to teach others how to
implement this kind of fundraiser.
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PEER POWER
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STAGES OF ART DEVELOPMENT
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SKIS FROM SCRATCH
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SO THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT BEAUTY SLEEP
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ASPERGERS ON CAMPUS
SASH PATEL
Mr. Adam Stephenopovich, Teacher
Palatine High School
Northwest Driving School
Over 70% of all teenagers have tried or abused alcohol. Because there is currently no cure for alcohol dependency,
it is important to spread awareness of the dangers of alcohol, decrease its use, and help those who need support
trying to quit. Peer Power is a support group that was designed by students and for students so that kids feel
comfortable discussing issues such as alcohol use, abuse, and emotional stress and have somewhere to go to for
comfort without worrying about being judged or punished.
ANNA GILL
Mrs. Cynthia Surtz, Art Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Hoffman Estates High School
Children explore the world around them through intellectual, physical, and emotional methods. All of these factors
play a part in their art. Every picture a child draws is important, even the scribble on the wall drawn by a two-year-old.
Drawing is an important means of expression and will help develop a child’s perception of his visual environment.
Children go through stages of art development as their ability to perceive their visual environment grows.
JEFFREY BURDA
Mr. Kelvin Wu, Engineer
Palatine High School
SkiBuilders.com
Ski making has caught on as an alternative to purchasing expensive, manufactured skis. These custom skis are able
to handle most mountain conditions from heavy powder to groomed runs. Work included all aspects of creating
a functioning pair of skis from the initial design and woodworking to using plastics and graphic design.
ESTHER JUN
William Fremd High School
According to the National Sleep foundation, 85% of teenagers in America don’t get enough sleep. 20% of those
students have fallen asleep in class. Sleep debt is a national epidemic that is hindering the learning process and
encouraging more violent actions. Although many studies have been conducted on the emotional and mental
detriments of sleep deprivation, the physical changes have not been studied. Haven’t you ever wondered why
girls need their beauty sleep?
TATUM BYRD
Schaumburg High School
Ms. Kelli Klein, Special Education Department
Schaumburg High School
Since Aspergers and Autism have been more recently identified, a big concern is for life after high school for
those affected. The number of children being diagnosed with Aspergers and Autism continues to rise, but colleges
are not responding. If this continues, students who desire to go to college will have only two choices: living on
campus in “cookie-cutter” dorms, or staying at home. This project focuses on new living conditions for students
with Aspergers as well as a problem solving/outing class to get the students ready for life after graduation.
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THE WONDERS OF WHITTLING
MANASA AMANCHERLA
Mr. Tom Tabone, Auto Painter
Palatine High School
Cars Collision
When looking at beautiful carved art, most will marvel at the technique and wonder how it was created. It’s
not always as complicated as it seems. Just start with the most basic form of woodcarving - whittling! Through
projects ranging from fish to flowers, masterpieces created with everyday twigs, and figurines showcasing intricate
carved details, see what a knife, a block of wood, and a little bit of imagination can produce.
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BECOME AN AUTHOR BY AGE SIXTEEN
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RE-ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE
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HOMELESSNESS: A CALL TO ACTION
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AN ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE ON CANCER
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ALCOHOLISM
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I THINK WE’VE GOT CHEMISTRY...
GREGORY BRYANT
Mr. Henry Sampson, English Department
William Fremd High School
William Fremd High School, Retired
The title of my book is The White Mage, Eldoor. This book falls under the genre of fantasy. I have been dreaming
up this book for the better part of three years, but only began the real writing this semester. I will be displaying maps
of my book’s world, family trees of my characters, timelines going back over 2000 years of imaginary history, an
incomplete collection of my own made-up mythology, and of course, the developing book itself. All these things
are the products of my creative process; I start by building a world and then finding a story within that world.
LISA VOGL
Mr. Richard Gross, Science Department
James B. Conant High School
James B. Conant High School
We’ve all heard it: whether in commercials or political debates, global warming is worrying many. Due to human
sources, global warming has become increasingly worse as time has progressed. To ensure that its negative effects
don’t increase, everyone must do his or her part to alleviate the situation at hand. One of the biggest problems
with global warming is energy formation. An obvious solution to this problem is to reduce the amount of energy
consumed and to use cleaner energy. Find out what renewable energy is and how to use less energy every day.
JESSICA FENG
Mr. Ken Nagen, University of Chicago
William Fremd High School
Department of Health
The growing epidemic of homelessness in America in recent years has created another set of problems for America’s
already declining economy. On any given night, at least 500,000 people experience homelessness in America,
with 6,000 in Chicago alone. These numbers point directly at the inefficiency of government-funded programs
and actions countering homelessness. This study analyzes the positive and negative effects of government action,
and suggests personal ideas for the most effective way to combat homelessness.
RANDOLPH CHUA
Mr. William Murmann, Science Department
Schaumburg High School
Schaumburg High School
Cancer is a complicated group of diseases that is not fully understood despite modern medical and technological
advancements. Due to this, cancer is the subject of a substantial amount of research. However, most research is
focused on the treatment and prevention of cancer, resulting in cancer being viewed as a destructive force that
science needs to eliminate. This study is focused on the possibility of learning about cancer in order to utilize
the properties of cancer cells, more specifically, the ability of cancer cells to constantly grow without limit.
NICK DEFRANCESCO
Mr. Steve Dyas, CTA
James B. Conant High School
One of the most serious diseases that continues to go relatively unnoticed is alcoholism. The health, safety,
and happiness of millions of people are jeopardized every day as a result of this disease. Most people do not
realize the wide range of treatments that exists; therefore, they ultimately fail in their attempts to reach longterm sobriety. After examining all of the different treatments, my study evaluates the pros and cons of each and
determines which treatments are the most effective.
DEVIN ROSS
Mr. Mark Stilling, Student Services Department
Schaumburg High School
Schaumburg High School
People know the moment they are attracted to someone because of the instant chemistry between the two of
them. But what exactly causes some initial attractions to heat up and others to fizzle out? Other than just obvious
physical attraction, what other components in the atmosphere can contribute to your attraction? This project shows
how every small component of your environment, everything from colors to scents, has a huge impact on how
attractive that special someone across the room seems to you. In addition to a model of the ideal environment
for attraction to take place, there is also a general composite of the most attractive qualities in a person. Come
see what chemically and environmentally starts up your love connection!
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SPINABILITIES
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A NAME FOR CRAZY
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A CAMP OF THEIR OWN
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SCHOOL SAFETY
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KNOWLEDGE THROUGH NEWSPAPERS
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DON’T PANIC, EAT ORGANIC!
CAROLYN BUESING
Ms. Tanja Golsch, Physical Therapist
William Fremd High School
Arlington Pediatric Therapy
Physical therapy plays a crucial role in helping patients recover and maintain physical health. Spina bifida is a
birth defect that results from a lesion in the spine. This study combines knowledge of physical therapy and spina
bifida to get hands-on experience in working with a patient with spina bifida. A variety of engaging activities
and standard therapy techniques are used to help the patient achieve physical progress.
KYLE CONWAY
Ms. Mary Byrd, Registered Nurse
James B. Conant High School
Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a neuro-biological disorder. The hallmark of OCD is the presence of
recurrent, intrusive thoughts, impulses, or images (obsessions) or repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions).
There is no laboratory test for OCD. Diagnosis is made with the following: close clinical examination of emotional
past, criteria for diagnosis, current symptoms, differential diagnosis, and examination of family history. Follow
this process from symptoms to diagnosis, to treatment, and finally therapy.
CHARLOTTE MAYNEN
Ms. Judy Drop, Speech Therapist
William Fremd High School
Arlington Pediatric Therapy
Most people would think that a week of summer camp is a relatively normal ritual for many children; however,
for children with cognitive disabilities, summer camp seems quite out of reach. Through this project, a number
of children will get the chance to go to a weeklong summer camp that caters specifically to their needs. Funding
will be provided for those who cannot afford the often high price of camp for these children. Money will be
raised through a fundraiser gala in which activities, including a silent auction, will be available.
LAURA MIKOS
Mr. Gregory Gillette, Social Studies Department
James B. Conant High School
James B. Conant High School
School shootings and other violent acts used to be a fairly rare occurance, but recently, they have become all
too common. Though there is no perfect plan, there are several steps that District 211 could add to their current
plans that would make school a safer environment for students. Through research of previous school shootings,
beneficial as well as superfluous aspects of school safety plans have become evident. This project is a suggestion
of new policies and procedures for all District 211 schools.
REBECCA BOSSLET
Mrs. Kathie McCarthy, Reading Specialist
William Fremd High School
Jane Addams Elementary School
As a participant in a democratic and capitalist society, citizens need to know how to make informed decisions.
This ability is formed at an early age. By teaching 6th graders how to understand the contents of newspapers,
this project will improve the critical thinking skills of 6th graders.
STEPHANIE LAURENCELL
Ms. Cari Rivas, Dietician
James B. Conant High School
Alexian Brothers Hospital
More and more people across the country are flocking to buy organic foods. However, organic foods are expensive,
and to some people they do not provide enough benefits to warrant the extra cost. Organic food does make a
difference in making healthy food choices, leaving out harmful pesticides and additives. This study focuses on
finding a cost efficient way to purchase organic food in order to live a healthier lifestyle.
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COMING TO AMERICA
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STORY AS TRUTH
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D.A.S.H. “+” DIET
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A NEW TYPE OF “SMART HOME”
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BABYSITTING BAG
STEPHEN WHITFIELD
Mr. Ed Kelly, Assistant to Mark Kirk
William Fremd High School
10th Congressional District of Illinois
Few issues are more central to current American politics than the immigration debate. The presidential campaign
has hammered at such policies as drivers’ licenses, border security, and citizenship time and again; however, with
more than one hundred relevant acts before Federal Legislators, it seems no answer can be found. This project
attempts to construct a bill, fully prepared for submission to Congress, which offers a fair and practical solution
to the heated dispute.
LAUREN NOKES
Mr. Darrell Robin, English Department
Schaumburg High School
Schaumburg High School
“True art has a mythic quality that speaks of that which was true, is true, and will be true.” - Madeleine L’Engle.
Humanity and story have been inextricably tied throughout the entire human existence. Story in all its forms
gives pattern to the world around us and in that way, creates reality for us. Through a collection of stories, this
project explores the idea of story as truth.
NUHIE FAHEEM
Ms. Marie Dini, Nurse’s Clerk
James B. Conant High School
Registered Dietician/ Licensed Nutritionist
Teens all over America with borderline hypertension are steadily increasing in number. With today’s fast paced,
fast food world, it is hard for even fit people to maintain a healthy blood pressure level. The government supported
D.A.S.H. Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is helping reduce hypertension levels in people of all
ages. This past semester, through research and synthesis of a personal diet plan, the D.A.S.H. “+” Diet has come
into formation, thus becoming one of the most effective hypertension reducing diets to date. Tested and true, the
D.A.S.H. “+” Diet really does help to lower and normalize blood pressure levels to create a healthy, enjoyable,
and affordable lifestyle and eating routine for life.
MEGHAN TAYLOR
Mrs. Jennifer Nemec
Schaumburg High School
Ideation Studio
Colors, patterns, sizing, and arrangement -- each one of these aspects of interior design affect our moods and
ways of thinking. The integration of each of these features creates a brand new style of home that can produce
the wanted frame of mind. With the stress of today’s world, a cheering living area is quite welcome. Tossing and
turning in bed will no longer be a problem in a relaxing bedroom. Each of these original designs and more are
combined into one home for an astounding environment.
KRYSTA CERNOSEK
Mrs. Debra Albin, Family and Consumer Science Department
Hoffman Estates High School
Hoffman Estates High School
Babysitting is one of the most rewarding and difficult responsibilities. It prepares you for what you might expect
your child to need when you may one day become a parent. The Babysitting Bag focuses on the preschool age
and activities that will let your child grow at a pace that is developmentally appropriate.
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LINEAGE
RAY LI
William Fremd High School
Mr. Jeff Wilcox, Board Game Inventor
Uncle Rez Games
Take the intense strategy from chess and the raw simplicity of checkers. Set them into a board of lines and
incorporate a revolutionary new system of movement. Create a board game which both defies and embraces
all elements of traditional strategy. Create the game Lineage, and shatter the meaning of both order and chaos.
Lineage…the elegance of strategy, redefined.
Auditorium Performances
These presenters will have performances in the Auditorium during the following times:
7:00 – 7:10
Gabriel Johnson
7:15 – 7:30
Lauren Nokes
Story As Truth
7:30 – 7:40
Hridi Kamal
The Life of a Dress
7:40 – 7:50
Carly Stenger
The Devil Played His Golden Fiddle
7:50 – 8:00
Jennifer Bora
Picture Perfect Poetry
8:00 – 8:10
Tony Aburaad, AJ Garcia, Paul Raef
Ensemble of Bass, Snare, and…PVC?
Great Guitars! An Endless Sea of Sound
8:10 – 8:20
Abigail Reynolds
I’m Not Short, I’m “Funsize”
8:20 – 8:30
Ekamjeet Dhillon
The Tabla Guy
8:30 – 8:40
Teresa Finegan
Learning and Composing for Classical Guitar 8:40 – 8:45
Eli Favela
8:50 – 9:00
Mason Jenkins
A Jump Into Music
The Steel Drum
Choral Room Performance
7:30 – 8:00
Daniel Brottman
Six Piano Etudes
Film Screenings
So many film screenings – so little time! Expo 2008 presents the film generation:
Room 195
7:15 – 7:45
Alice Liu
7:50 – 8:25
Colette Ghunin
“Reality TV At Its Finest”
8:25 – 9:00
Colette Ghunin
“Reality TV At Its Finest” [re-run]
7:15 – 7:50
Danielle Vetter
“The Making of a Documentary (A Documentary)”
8:00 – 8:30
Justin Brauer
“Directing A Documentary”
“Cystic Fibrosis: A Breath of Hope”
Room 193
Room 189
7:15 – 7:45
Emilee Suchomski
7:50 – 8:10
Rachel Swanson
8:15 – 8:35
Cady Gottlieb
“Meet the Real Big, Bad Wolves”
8:40 – 8:45
Ashley Blum
“A Helping Hand”
“New Directions in Filmmaking”
“Killing Kenya: The AIDS Epidemic”
Many Thanks…
The students, teachers and administrators would like to extend a special thank you to the following
people who have provided hours of support and volunteer work to make Gifted Expo 2008 a success:
Mark Hibner, Palatine High School Applied Technology Department Chair
Michael Karasch, Fremd High School Applied Technology Faculty
Tom Petersen, Community Relations Coordinator
Rebecca Rolph, District 211 Publications Assistant
Susan Young, Palatine High School Orchestra Director
Dianne Korinko, Palatine High School Technology Assistant
Fred Chrispell, Palatine High School Repair Technician
Jeff Markunas, Palatine High School Internet Assistant – Webmaster
Joe Wieczorek, Palatine High School Computer Assistant
Carol Johler, Food Services Pastry Specialist (“The Cookie Lady!”)
Mr. Doug Gross, Palatine High School English Department Faculty
Nick Bessinas, Palatine High School Student
Sean McCarthy, Palatine High School Student
The Palatine High School Maintenance/Custodial Staff
The mentors who spent countless hours working with our students
The Freshmen Gifted Students (Go Class of 2011!)
The families who supplied time, effort, the budget, endless chauffeuring, and energy for Expo 2008
on behalf of their/our kids
“It Takes a Village…”
PALATINE HIGH SCHOOL
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LIVING AREA
41 sq ft
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