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John Glenn High School Names National Merit Finalists

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The Elwood School District is proud to announce John H. Glenn High School seniors Brennan Finnegan and Rithika Narayan as 2021 National Merit Scholarship Finalists. 

Both students are among the top 15,000 students in the nation to be acknowledged for this prestigious recognition and will compete for some 7,500 available Merit Scholarships, totaling more than $30 million.

Brennan and Rithika are both active members of the school community and have won several noteworthy accolades during their time at John Glenn High School. After graduation, Brennan is considering attending Stony Brook University to pursue a possible major in engineering and applied sciences. Rithika intends to study artificial intelligence at Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science in Pennsylvania.

Brennan and Rithika both received Certificates of Merit from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in February in commemoration of their outstanding academic achievements.

 

John Glenn HS Recognizes January Students of the Month

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Congratulations to Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students, Colin Martin, Amelia Rizzi, Kyle Smythe and Anna Stavros on being selected as January Students of the Month.

Since 2019, one student from each grade has been nominated by their classmates to receive the honor. Students who are selected exemplify respect, responsibly and positive relationships. Recipients of the award are often described by their nominators as students who push themselves and others to do their best, demonstrate positive school spirit and show perseverance in the face of adversity.

Each month, nominations are sent to the All School Student Council, who narrow down the selection to two nominees from each grade. The Student of the Month Faculty Committee is then tasked with making the final decision. 

The Elwood School District congratulates the John H. Glenn High School January Students of the Month! 

Freshman: Anna Stavros
Sophomore: Amelia Rizzi
Junior: Colin Martin
Senior: Kyle Smythe

 
 

Elwood Literacy Program Builds Connections Between Schools

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This year, as a way to encourage Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students to participate in community service activities, the district has created a new literacy program. Similar to its “Knightly Readers” initiative, high school students are earning community service hours by reading books virtually to students at Harley Avenue Primary and James H. Boyd Intermediate Schools.

John Glenn students record themselves reading grade level-appropriate books and, afterward, suggest short and simple activities for the younger students to complete. 

These videos have helped to further integrate literacy both in-person and virtually in the elementary school classrooms. The district’s goal is to have its high school students help the elementary school students to improve their literacy practices and encourage a love of books. 

As part of the program, first and second grade students in Jessica Jantzen’s class at Harley Avenue listened to “Hey, Wall,” by Susan Verde, read aloud by John Glenn High school student Braden Gastaldi. The story got students talking about Verde’s messages of peace, mindfulness and community. Students then engaged in creating walls of their own.

John Glenn High School December Students of the Month

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Congratulations to Elwood-John H. Glenn High School students Jordan Alibrandi, Theodore Flore, Piper Mascaros and Francesco Musi on being selected as December Students of the Month.

Since 2019, one student from each grade has been nominated by their classmates to receive the honor. Students who are selected exemplify respect, responsibly and positive relationships. Recipients of the award are often described by their nominators as students who push themselves and others to do their best, demonstrate positive school spirit and show perseverance in the face of adversity.

Each month, nominations are sent to the All School Student Council, who narrow down the selection to two nominees from each grade. The Student of the Month Faculty Committee is then tasked with making the final decision. 

The Elwood School District congratulates the John H. Glenn High School December Students of the Month! 

Freshman: Francesco Musi
Sophomore: Piper Mascaros
Junior: Jordan Alibrandi
Senior: Theodore Flore