Dundee-Crown High School Class of 2021
Class of 2021
  • Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville.

    Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Huntley's Nathan Ary, left, and Dundee-Crown senior Terrell Powell, right, chase after the ball during a boys basketball game at Huntley High School.

    Huntley's Nathan Ary, left, and Dundee-Crown senior Terrell Powell, right, chase after the ball during a boys basketball game at Huntley High School. Matthew Apgar/Shaw Media

  • Dundee-Crown senior Domingo Conejo (10) navigates around Crystal Lake South's Tomasz Slawek during a boys soccer match.

    Dundee-Crown senior Domingo Conejo (10) navigates around Crystal Lake South's Tomasz Slawek during a boys soccer match. Matthew Apgar/Shaw Media

  • Crystal Lake South's Tyler Getzinger, right, jumps for the header as Dundee-Crown senior Osvaldo Rodriguez defends during a boys soccer game in Crystal Lake.

    Crystal Lake South's Tyler Getzinger, right, jumps for the header as Dundee-Crown senior Osvaldo Rodriguez defends during a boys soccer game in Crystal Lake. Matthew Apgar/Shaw Media

  • Huntley's Jori Heard, right, defends against Dundee-Crown senior Gianine Boado (32) during the Fox Valley Conference girls basketball semifinal game.

    Huntley's Jori Heard, right, defends against Dundee-Crown senior Gianine Boado (32) during the Fox Valley Conference girls basketball semifinal game. Matthew Apgar/Shaw Media

  • Top right: Masked and socially distanced spectators watch second-quarter action of a home basketball game against South Elgin.

    Top right: Masked and socially distanced spectators watch second-quarter action of a home basketball game against South Elgin. Daryl Quitalig/for Shaw Media

  • Bottom right: Dundee-Crown senior Aidan Svec chips his way out of tight spot on the 11th hole during the Class 3A regional held at the Buffalo Grove Golf Course.

    Bottom right: Dundee-Crown senior Aidan Svec chips his way out of tight spot on the 11th hole during the Class 3A regional held at the Buffalo Grove Golf Course. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Joanna Bahena walks across the stage to collect her diploma during the Dundee-Crown High School graduation ceremony at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Joanna Bahena walks across the stage to collect her diploma during the Dundee-Crown High School graduation ceremony at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Valedictorian David Soh addresses the crowd during the Dundee-Crown High School graduation ceremony at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Valedictorian David Soh addresses the crowd during the Dundee-Crown High School graduation ceremony at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Maritza Hernandez waves to her family during the Dundee-Crown High School graduation at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Maritza Hernandez waves to her family during the Dundee-Crown High School graduation at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Lara Hazlett waves to her family before the start of the Dundee-Crown High School graduation ceremony.

    Lara Hazlett waves to her family before the start of the Dundee-Crown High School graduation ceremony. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
Updated 6/17/2021 10:43 AM

Graduates in the Class of 2021: 644

Valedictorian: David Soh

 

Salutatorian: Della Angelakos

Summa Cum Laude: 59 Graduates

Magna Cum Laude: 90 Graduates

Cum Laude: 90 Graduates

Graduating with both the high school diploma and associates' degree: David Soh and Della Angelakos

Student Council Executive Board Members: Della Griffin, LoreAnn Sprouse, Leslie Meza

Extracurricular achievements:

• ILMEA All-State Musician: Alexander Stiefel, Honors Chorus Bass II

Theater productions:

• "Friday Night Streamed," a student-written sketch comedy production, and

• "Pippin," our streamed musical.

Senior Class gift: Outdoor Movie Screen

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What traditional events were adapted for the pandemic and how?

• Our Fall Play and Musical were both streamed as opposed to being in-person productions.

• Graduation is being split into two ceremonies with limited tickets as opposed to one ceremony with all of our graduates and families together.

• Prom was held at Jacobs High School with groups of 50 rotating through a red carpet event, snacks and selfie station, dancing, and then a murder mystery event.

• Our athletic seasons were turned upside down with shortened, overlapping seasons.

• Get Out of Your Head & Day of Service were transitioned to include remote options and all activities were adapted this year to ensure COVID mitigations were followed.

• Our school schedule changed each quarter, but our students transitioned well from more of a block schedule while they were all remote in the fall to our nine period day when in person learning began this spring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

• Our musical concerts and senior awards were moved outdoors.

What were the most significant challenges faced by the Class of 2021 and how did they overcome them?

COVID and the pandemic have created countless challenges for the Class of 2021. Our seniors have shown unbelievable flexibility as we have changed academic schedules, athletic seasons, expectations in the building, etc. Our students went from learning fully remote through Zoom on a block schedule to coming in every other day learning on Zoom one day then in person the next.

Principal's reflections on the Class of 2021:

In this crazy world, you, the Class of 2021, are the survivors. You are the strong and the proud students who have proven to your parents and your teachers that you can overcome any obstacle and you can meet any challenge with courage and conviction. We all applaud you for your strength and fortitude, and we feel confident that the past four years, and especially the past year, have prepared you for what lies ahead. Whether you chose to learn remotely or in person this past school year, there's one lesson we hope you have come to realize: you are all Chargers; you are all vital members of our school. We hope that all of you travel forward -- but look back on Dundee-Crown with pride.

-- Principal Katie Wishowski

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