By Steve Robinson | May 31, 2021 - 10:41 pm
Posted in Category: The Normalite, Unit 5

NORMAL – A teacher from Normal Community High School lead the list of instructors who were honored for winning numerous awards recently and recognized by members of Normal-based Unit 5 School Board during the governing body’s May 26 meeting held in Normal Community West High School’s cafeteria.

NCHS’ Liz Harris Wins $10,000 “Beyond The Box” Grant: NCHS teacher Liz Harris was honored with “Beyond The Box” Foundation’s top honor of its $10,000 “Beyond The Box” Grant for her project called, “Making a (Green)house A Home.” The goal of this project was to renovate the greenhouse overseen by students with lessons by Harris. Presently, the greenhouse is not in functional condition, according to Principal Trevor Chapman. In his memo to Board members, Chapman said the grant money will be used to update its heating and cooling, watering, and electrical systems in order to grow flowers and vegetables.

The greenhouse is also meant to serve as space for NCHS students enrolled in the school’s Animal Science course which provides students with a dual credit opportunity which provides them with hands-on learning. This semester, the students’ studies centered on animal husbandry and animal reproduction.

NCHS, Normal West ACT-SO Award Winners Honored: Eight students from both Unit 5 schools who won at the ACT-SO Awards on May 21 were introduced to Board members and recognized for their accomplishments. ACT-SO stands for Afro-Academic Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics. Eight students, three from NCHS and five from Normal West, were honored for their accomplishments. The three students from NCHS honored, how they finished, and their subject they competed in are: Isha Gollapudi, a gold medal each in Architecture and Painting; Bradley Ross Jackson, bronze medal in Poetry Performance; and Aniya Thompson, gold medal in Music Vocal Contemporary.

The five from Normal West honored, how they finished, and their subject they competed in are: Kodzo Aduonum, gold medal, Drawing; Destinee Byrd, gold medal in Poetry Written and silver medal in Poetry Performance; Jasmyn Jordan, silver medal, Poetry Written; Nashyla McQuirter, gold medal, Biology/Microbiology; and Sahara Williams, a bronze medal each in Poetry Written and Music Vocal Contemporary.

NCHS’ Madelyn Hubble Wins FFA Honor For Second Straight Year: NCHS teacher Madelyn Hubble won the competition at Illinois Future Farmers of America’s Ag Education Career Development event. She created and taught a lesson plan to a group of high school students on the subject of communication called “Communication Charades” based on the popular party game, stressed verbal and non-verbal cues. This was Hubble’s second consecutive win at the FFA event but because of the pandemic, the first time she was able to present her lesson in person.

She told Board members she found being able to present the lesson and to talk to the judges afterward to answer their questions to be “a super cool experience. It allowed me to give insight to one of my passions.”

Normal West’s FFA Win State Livestock Judging Event: Normal Community West High School Principal Dave Johnson announced Normal West’s placed first at the FFA State Livestock Judging event which was judged virtually on May 21. Team members Chloe Boitnott, Paige Lenemager, Lauren Mohr, and Preston Rhode saw their exhibits place first in a competition that had eight classes. In addition to placing classes of beef, swine, sheep, and goats, students completed three breeding selection classes and a class of cattle yield and quality grading. This event follows the animal sciences courses these students have been studying. Normal West teacher Parker Bane is the FFA advisor.

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