(May 2011) H-F's Machine Tool Technology students attended an awards night to honor the winners of the 2011 Precision Machining Competition. The competition is sponsored by the Tooling and Manufacturing Association, which represents more than 1,200 manufacturers in the Chicagoland area. Eleven high schools participated in the competition. Two of our students won monetary awards totaling more than $400 plus trophies. Congratulations to Matthew Leonard (1st & 2nd Place) and Allonis Brown (Honorable Mention). The team is sponsored by teacher, Mike Mikos.

(April 2011) DECA members recently traveled to Orlando, Fla., for the International DECA Competition, held April 29-May 4. H-F High School was represented by 13 students. Teams consisting of students Jeremy Arkin, Jeff Williams, Ben Dreyfuss, Matt Yonover & Vince Stanfa established themselves as two of the best 16 teams out of more than 540 teams that competed in the Virtual Business Challenge category. The teams were charged with using computer software revolving around management of a retail store and management of personal finance. They were given 10 minutes to earn as much money as they could with any potential mistakes being the difference between winning and losing. The H-F DECA teams finished the competition in third and seventh place. Also in Orlando, H-F's state-champion DECA Quiz Bowl team (Troy Bergeron, Emily Drwiega, Eli Lichtenberg & Jordan Pounder) finished seventh out of 55 teams from across the globe, falling in the Elite 8 to the eventual second-place overall team from Utah.

(February 2011)  On Feb. 16, some of theFamily, Career & Community Leaders Club members put their skills to the test by competing against many other schools at Olivet Nazarene University. We are proud to acknowledge the following awards:

  • Andrea Curry, 3rd Place, Apparel Construction
  • Ebone Flowers, 2nd Place, Cookie Decorating
  • Amber Patterson-Bailey, 1st Place, Cake Decorating
  • Jordyn Gaines, 1st Place, Cake Decorating — she also received a plaque for most outstanding cake!

(Sept. 2010) Congratulations to teacherMike Patterson, who was recently named one of 16 Early Career Achievement Award winners by Illinois State University's College of Business.