A group of Plainfield East High School students were honored by the District 202 school board, who asked them to perform the National Anthem at this week’s board meeting.
The students, who participate in Plainfield East’s SCORE program, an academic and life-skills program for students with special needs, had sung the National Anthem at the recent Special Olympics Appreciation Night after practicing for three weeks with their peer helper Erika Mohr and teacher Kati Nowak.
The students are freshman Dejara Patton, sophomores Myles Conway, Tommy Sipe and Jacob Ryan, juniors Elena Mireles and Matthew Laudizio and senior Shannon Enk.
The school board on Monday also recognized Plainfield South High School men’s cross country coach Jason Crowe, who was named the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association’s coach of the year.
Crowe has been teaching in District 202 since 2004. The Plainfield South cross country team this year won the Joliet Invitational and Southwest Prairie Conference tournaments; took second place at the IHSA Regionals and Sectionals and took sixth place at the State tournaments.
Finally, the board honored Skylar Lipman, a Plainfield Central senior and bassoon player, who has been chosen to perform with the 2013 Honor Orchestra of America, one of the country’s largest and most influential national music education organizations.
She also performs with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, was selected to the 2012 Illinois All-State Honors Band and qualified for the 2013 Illinois All-State Orchestra among other honors.