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Trailblazers win IESA Scholastic Bowl State Championship

Friday, May 9

The Scholastic Bowl team has brought a state championship to Next Generation! The team faced some tough competition but with the support of students and parents, the team reached their ultimate goal. The Scholastic Bowl team finished an undefeated season with a record of 29 wins and 0 loses. Congratulations to the team for an AMAZING season!

Six Musketeers won Core Value Award

at 2013-2014 Illinois Central First Lego League Championship Tournament

Jan 18, 2014, the Six Musketeers, all from Primary E, received “Gracious Professionalism-Core Value Award." The team was chosen among 49 participating teams because the team truly demonstrated how well they internalized the process of working as a team for fair competitions and how well they acted with integrity and sensitivity respecting individuals and community.

Congratulations to Mr. Taylor!

Stories published in Veterans' writing anthology

Jarrod Taylor, our middle school history teacher, recently had three short stories published in Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, a two volume collection that presents essays, fiction, poetry, interviews, and photography by military-service personnel, veterans, and their families. Mr. Taylor has one story in the first volume entitled "Sadr City" and two stories in the second volume, entitled "Escort" and "Cub Scout Camping Trip." The anthology is the second in an annual series published by Southeast Missouri State University Press in cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council's Veterans Projects and the Warriors Arts Alliance.

NGS Alumnus

Wins Golfing Award

Varun Chopra wins gold for team USA at Evian, France in the Junior World Cup for Golf.

NGS Students rank nationally in Math Kangaroo Olympiad

May 18

Two of our NGS families participated in this year's Math Kangaroo Olympiad: Bruce, Andy, Michael, and Jordan. Bruce placed in level 1 (out of 227 participants in Illinois at this level, mostly grade 1 kids). Andy finished 10th place nationwide and 2nd place in Illinois in level 3 (out of 165 participants in Illinois at this level). The results (top 15 scores) will be available online in few days at The parents wish to extend a special thanks to the NGS teachers for encouraging the boys in their math studies.


May 10

Congratulations to Camden Coleman (7th Grade), STATE CHAMPION in the 200m Dash! Camden crossed the finish line in just 25.34 seconds, racing against 40 other runners.


NGS Scholastic Bowl Team Rocks State Finals!

May 3

Friday, May 3, our Scholastic Bowl team participated in the State FInals in Peoria, IL. After four successive matches, the NGS Scolastic Bowl team won second place in the State of Illinois! We are so proud of you! Go Trailblazers!

All Star 1 chess wiz competes at ChessFest 2013

April 6, 2013

David Yong, an All Star 1 student, competed at ChessFest 2013 in the Kindergarten group. He placed second, playing against students up to second grade! Great job, David!

Student advances to State MathCounts Competition

March 9, 2013

NGS participated in the MathCounts chapter competition on Saturday, February 9, which included 7 area schools. As a result, 7th grade student Reed Phillips scored in the top range of his competitors and is headed to the state MathCounts competition on March 9 as an individual competitor. Phillips competed in several rounds of competition that focused on speed, accuracy, mathematical reasoning, problem-solving and teamwork. He placed 29th out of over 200 possible competitors. Phillips is also a valued member of our Scholastic Bowl team.

NGS creates winning buzz around Insect Fear Film Festival

Students win 4 individual awards including Best in Show

Each year the University of Illinois hosts an exciting festival that was created by Professor Mary Berenbaum in 1984. The Insect Fear Film Festival features a rotating theme with guest speakers and presenters, an insect inspired movie, an extraordinary display of creatures from all over the world, and K-12th grade student artwork. This nationally recognized event has been covered by The Canadian Broadcasting Company, The Washington Post, The New York Times and this year by National Geographic Online!

For the past 3 years, various Next Generation classes have been selected to submit artwork that is both displayed at the festival and judged by faculty in the Entomology department. We are proud to say that each year we have had students recognized for their insect creations and this year was no exception!


Robert Byron, Primary C, wins for “Most Festive”; Michael Panagakis, Primary C, wins 2nd place in his grade category; Jackie Kohlmann in Middle School B wins 2nd Place in her grade category; and 5th grader Rui Bhosale wins “Best in Show.”

7th Grade Boys Basketball Team takes home championship

First Basketball Sectional Champions at NGS

The 7-1A Boys Basketball Team won NGS’ first ever Sectional Championship. Coaches Jeff Blue, Luke Bronowski and Charles Larenas looked on proudly as the Trailblazers defeated Calvary Christian 38-24 in an exciting game. The plaque resides in the trophy case in the main lobby of the Primary/Middle School along with the team’s photograph.

"Smarty Pants" takes Overall Champion trophy at FLL Regionals

MS Students head to State to test their LEGO innovations

Students Lia Dankowicz (MSA), Chloe Pollock-Muskin (MSB), Hadley Shapland (MSB) and Elizabeth Singer (MSB), better known as Team "Smarty Pants" , won Overall Champions in the First Lego League (FLL) Regional Competition. The students worked together, taking the overall Champions Prize and qualifying for the state competition. Their project reasearched and presented the use of epidermal electronics as flexible electronic temporary tattoos that could be used to help seniors live alone by helping to remind them when to take their medication, monitoring their movements at home alone, and automatically calling for help if needed. They met with Prof. John Rogers at UIUC and a dozen seniors (including visiting a senior center and having the oldest senior partner of the competition) to discuss their innovation. The girls practiced their presentations with another FLL team of NGS students. At the competition, they received very high marks in their research presentation, their demonstration of core-values, their robot design executive summary, and their robot table score was consistently one of the highest of the tournament. The students will travel to the State competition in January.

8th grade student places "Service Above Self" in essay, wins 1st place

2nd NGS Student to win Regional prize in Rotary Club competition

Selected from almost 200 essays, an 8th grade NGS Student has placed in the top three of Rotary's "Service Above Self" Essay Competition. The student competed against area public and private schools and will attend a luncheon in which the finalists will be placed first, second and third. The first place winner will continue on to an all-area championship, in which he/she will have a chance to be selected as the champion from four divisions. We wish our student the best of luck in this rewarding educational endeavor.

NGS swarms the Insect Fear Festival Art Show, wins 5 awards!

Rui Bhosale (PE) wins 3rd year in a row

Rui Bhosale, primary E, snatched another first place win at the Insect Fear Festival Art Show edging out the competition with her delicate, intricate detail and juxtaposition of color. Taking home this award made Bhosale a three time winner of the event. Primary C student Ellison Radek also took home the top prize in her age group when she created a pop of color lady bug with oil pastels. This was Radek's first participation in the event. Two NGS students, Maya Yampel (PB) and Nicholas Phillips (PD) also brought accolades to the art program with their honorable mentions! Finally, Lily Scott, Primary B, won the coveted category prize of Cutest Bug, completing NGS's swarm over the competition. NGS has competed in the event for three years and this year is the most formidable for the school. Past winners include Athena Feng, 1st place, and Miriam Arif, 2nd place.

8th Grade Student wins first place at Rotary Writing Competition

Beats over 200 entries

NGS 8th grade student Mashal Eikram won first place in the private school division for her essay. She competed amongst a possible 200 entries in her category. The Rotary Club's newsletter published after the win described the emphasis behind Eikram's motivations: "PS winner Mashal Eikram from Next Generations School was moved by Rotarian work with orphans in Honduras who didn’t have what she did, a loving family and a home of her own."

AND BRAINS TOO, with members Lia Dankowicz (PF), Chloe Pollock-Muskin (MA), Hadley Shapland (MA), and Elizabeth Singer (MA), won the BEST CORE VALUES POSTER and BEST RESEARCH PROJECT awards at the regional competition and are headed to he state competition. Check them out on NGS's PICTURE BLOG

In addition, enjoy the news coverage presented by news channel 17, here.

'Life Goes On' writer recognized for 'story of merit'

Story is published for the Story Shop Contest

8th grade student Marianna Vakaki's short story "Life Goes On" has been selected as a story of merit as a part of this year's Story Shop Contest. Marianna's work will be published in their program at Parkland Community College. She will also be recognized in a ceremony on April 14. Congratulations to yet another terrific writer from Next Generation School!

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