Vernon Hills High School Class of 2021
Class of 2021
  • Right: Vernon Hills High School senior David Jun poses for a photo with his mom, Kathy Jun, before the start of the school's graduation ceremony on May 27 at the school.

    Right: Vernon Hills High School senior David Jun poses for a photo with his mom, Kathy Jun, before the start of the school's graduation ceremony on May 27 at the school. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Graduating seniors pose for a photo before the start of commencement ceremonies at Vernon Hills High School.

    Graduating seniors pose for a photo before the start of commencement ceremonies at Vernon Hills High School. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Seniors get together for a final time as high school students before the start of their commencement ceremony at Vernon Hills High School.

    Seniors get together for a final time as high school students before the start of their commencement ceremony at Vernon Hills High School. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Composer Lee Kesselman rehearses with choir and orchestra students at Vernon Hills High School. Kesselman was commissioned to compose music for a Vernon Hills High School project focusing on non-dominant voices throughout American history.

    Composer Lee Kesselman rehearses with choir and orchestra students at Vernon Hills High School. Kesselman was commissioned to compose music for a Vernon Hills High School project focusing on non-dominant voices throughout American history. Courtesy of Vernon Hills High School

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    Vernon Hills High School Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Vernon Hills senior Josiah McDonald (23) passes the ball over Deerfield's Aidan Galvan and Zach Friedman during a boys basketball game in Vernon Hills.

    Vernon Hills senior Josiah McDonald (23) passes the ball over Deerfield's Aidan Galvan and Zach Friedman during a boys basketball game in Vernon Hills. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
Updated 6/17/2021 10:42 AM

Graduates in the Class of 2021: 378

Senior Class President: Evelyn Leary

 

Academic achievements:

• Seven National Merit Finalists; 27 National Merit Commended; 138 Honors Graduates; 179 National Honors Society; 107 Illinois State Scholars; Five National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars.

Extracurricular achievements:

• Math Team finished third in state

• Science Olympiad seventh in state

• Science Team ninth in state for Academic Challenge in Engineering & Science

• 46 students qualified to compete in Future Business Leaders of America Nationals this summer.

Athletic achievements:

• Cheerleading finished third in state;

• Football had an undefeated season (5-0)

Theater productions:

• Fall Radio Plays: "The 39 Steps" and "The Great Chicago Dojo Wars"

• Winter: "The Party Hop" and student-directed one-act plays

• Spring: "The Institute," a new musical by the students of Vernon Hills High School

What traditional events were adapted for the pandemic and how?

This will be our first graduation ceremony outside at the stadium with the entire senior class.

Principal's reflections on the Class of 2021:

I have deep gratitude and admiration for this graduating senior class. From the very beginning of this school year, they have been a model of courage, resilience and perseverance. 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 the Class of 2021 has left its mark. We are proud of them.

-- Principal Jon Guillaume

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