Thursday, May 9, 2013
Teens earn top honors and beat last year's record.
Submitted by Plainfield School District 202: Thirty-five Plainfield East High School world language students earned top honors on the 2013 National Spanish Examinations. This year’s total is 10 more than last year’s – a 40 percent increase. PEHS students earned one gold, four silver and six bronze medals; and 24 honorable mentions in levels 3 and 4 on the rigorous exams. “Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious, because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams. About 156,000 students participated in this year’s National Spanish exams. The National Spanish Examinations are administered …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Flooding prompted organizers to postpone the Plainfield East fundraiser.
Submitted by Plainfield School District 202: Plainfield East High School’s inaugural “Eastside Shuffle” 5K run and walk is now planned for Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Settlers' Park, 24401 W. Lockport St. in downtown Plainfield. The event was originally scheduled for April 21, but was canceled following the flooding rains that occurred the week before. Read: Bengal 5K Postponed After Flooding The special family-oriented event will benefit the PEHS Band Boosters and the PEHS Science Club. TheEastside Shuffle is open to participants of all ages. Children younger than 8 years old can participate at their parents’ discretion. The 5K Run and Walk will start at 9 a.m. Registration for the 5K Run or Walk is $30 per person if registered by June 2, …
Friday, April 19, 2013
The Eastside Shuffle was slated for April 21.
Updated: This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date, according to Plainfield police. Plainfield East High School’s inaugural “Eastside Shuffle” 5K run and walk, scheduled for Sunday, April 21, 2013 has been canceled because this week’s heavy storms continue to cause numerous road closures and dangerous conditions throughout the area. Organizers plan to reschedule the event if possible, but a new date has not been set yet. “After talking to the police, we decided to cancel the Eastside Shuffle to ensure the safety of our runners and supporters,” said PEHS Assistant Band Director Justin Koszarek, who organized the event. “We apologize for any inconvenience this decision may cause,” Koszarek said. Participants …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Nikki Hayes, 17, will perform the National Anthem Tuesday as the Chicago Cubs honor Jackie Robinson.
Seventeen-year-old Nikki Hayes, of Bolingbrook, will sing the National Anthem at Tuesday night's Chicago Cubs baseball game. Hayes is a senior at Plainfield East High School in Plainfield School District 202. Tuesday's home game against the Texas Rangers will honor Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. “I am so excited to be singing ‘The National Anthem’ at the Chicago Cubs game and to be performing at the tribute to Jackie Robinson,” Hayes said. “I’ve always admired Mr. Robinson for his commitment to persevere in spite of the odds, so to be a part of this tribute is amazing. I am beyond grateful to the Cubs for the invitation.” Hayes is a pop/R&B …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Both vehicles were totaled in the crash around 4 p.m. Friday.
Four Plainfield East High School students and one adult suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a two-car crash near the school on Naperville-Plainfield Road at around 4 p.m. Friday, police said. Plainfield Police Sgt. Mike Fisher said a sedan was heading south carrying five students when the driver pulled over onto the shoulder just south of the school. The driver lost control while pulling the vehicle back onto the road, and the car slid into the northbound lane, where it was Fisher said it was T-boned by a Chevy Trailblazer. The teen driver refused treatment at the scene, but four passengers — all Plainfield East students — were transported to area hospitals, Fisher said. Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton said one girl had to …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Raphael Mathis recently won the state Poetry Out Loud competition.
Plainfield East High School senior Rapheal Mathis will compete at the end of April in the national Poetry Out Loud: Poetry Recitation Contest in Washington DC after winning the state contest March 8, according to information on the District 202 website. The state competition included 16 students chosen from an initial field of 6,000 students. If Mathis should win the national competition he stands to win a $20,000 scholarship. Read more about Rapheal and the Poetry Out Loud competition on the District 202 website.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Teens work with classmates through the school's SCORE program.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Proceeds from the April 21 event will benefit the PEHS Band Boosters, Science Club.
Given last week’s frigid temperatures, it might be hard to believe, but winter is more than halfway over and spring is on its way. It’s almost time to lace up your running shoes for Plainfield’s first 5K of 2013. For the first time, Plainfield East High School will host the Bengal 5K: East Side Shuffle, set for 9 a.m. Sunday, April 21, at the high school, 12001 S. Naperville Rd. Race director Justin Koszarek, who is also PEHS’ band director, said the inaugural event will benefit the school’s Band Boosters as well as the Science Club, which is looking to install a natural prairie on campus. “One of the ideas was looking for an alternative and unique fundraiser for the band program,” Koszarek said. “Budgets are getting cut statewide, yet …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 23.
Friday, February 1
Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by Plainfield School District. Plainfield East High School will host a Prom Fashion show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the main atrium of the school, 12001 S. Naperville Rd., Plainfield. The event is open to the public. Admission includes viewing the fashion show itself, plus a continental breakfast with coffee and tea. Raffle tickets will also be sold for prizes valued between $100 and $500. PEHS students will model both dresses and tuxedos provided by two area formalwear stores. Student admission is $10, and there is no admission for all moms accompanied by a student. Students must present their high school ID. Tickets will be sold in advance during lunch periods at …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Amanda Burke, 15, won a spot on the All-American Dance Team.
Unlike most of Plainfield, one District 202 teen won’t be spending this Thanksgiving at home with her family. Instead, Plainfield East sophomore Amanda Burke will be enjoying the limelight as a performer in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 15-year-old won a spot on the All-American Dance Team at the National Dance Alliance summer camp last June at Valparaiso University. Amanda was at the camp with her dance team, the Romeoville Razzlers, when she got the chance to audition for the All-American Dancer designation. She admitted auditioning was a bit of a nerve-wracking experience. “You only have two days to learn the routine, and then you perform it the last day of camp,” Amanda explained. “I was so nervous I almost didn’t want …