Dundee-Crown High School

Graduates in Class of 2020: 638

Valedictorian: Ethan Smiley

Salutatorian: Sara Merkelz.

Graduates with a high school diploma and an associate degree from ECC: Marcelina Wasilewski, Annika Hodges, Megan Lentine, Elle McKinney, Natalee Riggins and William Angelakos.

Academic achievements: Current running scholarship total is approximately $3.7 million

Athletic achievements: Girls' Basketball Sectional Champions; Boys Soccer Regional Champions; Gabriel Scales, wrestling state qualifier.

Extracurricular achievements: D-C Jazz Ensemble selected to perform at the ILMEA 2020 Illinois Music Education Conference; four senior All-State Musicians.

Theater productions: "Addams Family" and "The Phantom Tollbooth."

Senior Class gift: Light pole banners and staircase graphics.

Homecoming Kings and Queens: Garrett Hansen, Vinny Mercado, Alaina Azar and Caitlyn Schmeiser.

Homecoming theme: "Dancing through the Decades."

What was new for the Class of 2020: New Principal Katie Wishowski-Wetzel; new logo and updated schoolwide look; started with a few courses as 1:1, leaving 1:1 with Chromebooks and an entirely digital end of the year.

Principal's reflections on the Class of 2020: For years to come, staff and students will remember the Class of 2020. The Class of 2020 is a group of individuals who have been able to overcome a situation few adults could ever imagine - and they have done so with grace, perseverance and a good sense of humor. We cannot think of this year as the year without an end. We must think of this year and this graduating class as a time and a group when we had to imagine a new future. At the same time, we must focus on all we have achieved. We must honor the members of the Class of 2020 who have been named Illinois State Scholars. We must recognize the students who are entering military service. We must applaud the students who have overcome a multitude of obstacles on their journey toward receiving their diplomas. The Class of 2020 has succeeded and endured as scholars, athletes, leaders and mentors. These individuals have been the pioneers on the new frontier of education. They started at Dundee-Crown just as we began on our digital journey, they have ended their high school careers by embarking into the new world of e-learning. These individuals have mastered skills, shared ideas, competed with grace and brought pride to the Dundee-Crown community. As the Class of 2020, they have proved that the 20/20 experience is one none of us will ever forget. The vision they have shared with Dundee-Crown is that we must be clear with our goals to persevere and achieve. They have encouraged us to step onto the pathway toward the future of education."

­ - Principal Katie Wishowski-Wetzel

  Dundee-Crown High School 2020 graduate sign. Rick West/
Dundee-Crown High School senior Cassidy Randl (15) battles for a rebound during a home game against Saint Viator. Daily Herald File Photo
Dundee-Crown High School's Roland Dearborn (10) gets to the ball during a sectional soccer game against Huntley. Daily Herald File Photo
  Dundee-Crown's Gabriel Scales controls Barrington's Trey Cysewski in their 145-pound championship bout at the Stevenson High School wrestling regional meet in Lincolnshire. John Starks/
Dundee-Crown students cheer at the final seconds of the fourth quarter of the IHSA Class 4A Huntley Sectional championship game at Huntley High School on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Huntley, Ill. Dundee-Crown won, 43-37. Daryl Quitalig/for Shaw Media Illinois
Start of the Burlington Central vs. Dundee-Crown varsity football game in Carpentersville on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Daily Herald file
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