Graduates in Class of 2020: 344
Graduation speaker: Cecelia Schumacher
Class Officers: Cecelia Schumacher, president; Bjorn Benjamin, vice president; Samantha Chin, public relations; Riya Rathod, service coordinator.
Academic achievements: Joshua Liu, IHSA All-State Academic Team.
Athletic achievements (team): Boys Golf, IHSA Regional; Boys Soccer, IHSA Regional Champions; Girls Cross Country, CSL North Division Champions, IHSA Regional Champions; Girls Swim and Dive, CSL North Division Champions; Boys Bowling, CSL Champions, IHSA Regional Champions, IHSA Sectional Champions, IHSA 2nd Place State; Girls Bowling, CSL Champions; Cheerleading, CSL Champions, IHSA Sectional Champions, IHSA 9th Place State; Girls Gymnastics, CSL North Division Champions.
Athletic achievements (individual): Casey Craffey, IHSA Girls Swimming -- 500 Meter Freestyle -- 7th Place, 200 Meter Freestyle -- 9th place; Allison Landis, IHSA Girls Diving -- 6th Place; Thomas Monken, Illinois High School Football Coaches Association 6A All-State; Lexi Schulman, IHSA Girls Golf -- 5th Place.
Extracurricular achievements: "The Old Man and the Old Moon" was performed at Illinois State Theatre Festival; Symphony Orchestra performed at the Illinois Music Education Conference (All-State).
• All-State Theatre Seniors: Mackenzie Furlett and Sari Gluck
• All-State Music Seniors: Kiona Castro (Future Music Educator), Sari Gluck, (Choir), David Rosales (Clarinet), Sophie Heiser (Choir), Hana Marek (Trumpet), and Alex Yu (Violin)
• Science Team won first place at the Academic Challenge in Engineering and Science and team members captured medals in the individual events -- Biology: Itamar Shifrin (1st), Chemistry: Itamar Shifrin (1st), Computer Science: William Dai (2nd), English: Esther Cha (1st), Mathematics: Tyler Tran (1st) and Elijah Huang (2nd), and Physics: Weiyao Zhao (2nd); Senior Tyler Tran earned a 4th place finish in the Precalculus individual event at the ICTM Regional Competition at Stevenson High School; he also teamed with junior Rahul Gupta to win 1st place in the Junior/Senior 2-person event.
Theater productions: Musical: "Mama Mia!"; Freshmen/Sophomore play: "Rose and the Rime"; Winter play: "The K of D"; Spring play: "Clue."
Senior Class gift: Class shirt; Senior yeti mug.
Homecoming Queen and King: Hala Abdelrazek and Itimar Shifrin
Homecoming theme: Superhero
What was new for the Class of 2020: Currently under construction is a new STEM laboratory, an additional classroom, larger cafeteria, new gymnasium, new dance facility.
Notable visitors: Mike Donahue
Principal's reflections on the Class of 2020: I have heartfelt appreciation for this graduating senior class. From the very beginning of this health crisis, when we literally sent them from school without any closure or any plan, they have been a model of courage, determination and selflessness. They have taken it upon themselves to find ways to encourage each other, celebrate their peers and focus on the good to come. I always say that as a school we go as our senior class goes. They are our leaders. In this case, I'm proud to say, "VHHS follows the Class of 2020!"
-- Principal Jon Guillaume