As I wrote in this column a month ago, Illiana Christian High School is a school which prepares its students for college. We have an excellent faculty, all of whom are eager to prepare students for the ACT test. This is reflected in our average ACT composite score of 23.7, one of the best in the south suburbs.
In the last month, we’ve experienced three unique events at Illiana. First, Andrew Clark, an Illiana senior, learned that he earned the top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, but on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn this top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of more than 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36. We are proud of Andrew for this rare and significant accomplishment.
The second unique happening is the semi-annual outdoor cookout at Illiana. Once in the fall and once in the spring, Illiana students, faculty, and staff go outside for lunch for a cookout. We might be the only school in the Chicago area that has such a cookout. So what did this look like? Over 600 people gathered on our athletics field, cooking over numerous grills brought from home. There were also footballs, Frisbees, and picnics on blankets. Students and faculty plan their menus in advance, bringing great side items and yummy desserts. It is a wonderful time of community as lunch period is extended to an hour to give plenty of time for lots of food, fun, and fellowship. It is an impressive tradition that Illiana plans to continue in the years to come.
A third Illiana tradition took place mid-September when five faculty chaperones and 30 students went on a fall camping trip to Shades State Park. This was organized by Landlopers, Illiana’s outdoor activities club. In the dictionary, “landlopers” is a term of Dutch origin meaning “one who wanders around the country.” This club is for everyone who enjoys the outdoors — bikers, hikers, runners, canoeists, cross-country skiers — from Saturday wood walkers to tri-athletes. On this trip, the group enjoyed a night hike on the trails and marveled at the magnificent star show which reflected the beauty of God’s nature. This club builds a special trust among students, something that extends beyond the classroom. Students take away life lessons which encourage their personal growth.
I hope you enjoyed this special, inside peek of life at Illiana. Here are a few upcoming events:
* Nov. 7-9: Fall play “The Matchmaker”
* Nov. 9: Boys cross country team, which is ranked No.1 in the state, hopes to be running in the state finals
* Nov. 14: All-school dodgeball tournament with all proceeds donated to a charity chosen by students
* Dec. 5: All prospective students and parents are invited to Preview Illiana at 7 p.m.
For more information, check out our website at www.illianachristian.org or call (708) 474-0515.