Friday, May 21, 2021

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 05/21/2021

 2021 Principal’s Awards Ceremony

Click HERE to watch the 2021 Principal's Awards Ceremony

The following members of the Class of 2021 were recognized at the Principal’s Awards Ceremony on Wednesday:

Principal’s Award Ryan Gledhill and Hannah Greenspan

Division Awards

Art         Jillian Guittar

Biology         Andrew Gerea

Business Education         Sophie Veytsman

Chemistry Benjamin Wellisch

Choral Music David Gonzalez

Computer Science Aleksandr Elifirenko

Dance Brooke Bickhaus

English         Hannah Greenspan

English Language Learners Alejo Valdez Gonzalez

Family & Consumer Sciences Stella Gurevich

French         Sydney Paunan

Future Educator Yudany Diaz

German         Rachel Platt

History         Justin Wytmar

Instrumental Music – Band Justin Wytmar

Instrumental Music – Orchestra Epiphany Sosa

Mandarin         Jillian Guittar

Mathematics Benjamin Wellisch

Multimedia: Innovation Mikayla Kim

Multimedia: Leadership Zoey Heinrich

Native Speaker Spanish Yudany Diaz

Physical Education (Female) Brianne Pearlman

Physical Education (Male)        Connor Thiessen

Physics         Afif Shomali

Social Science Kaitlin Heidelberger

Spanish         Gillian Karsten

Technology Robert Allen


Richard W. Calisch Award        Sydney Paunan

Activity Award         Zoey Heinrich

Spirit Award E lla McBride

Female Athlete Stefanie Surdyka

Male Athlete Alexander Santiago

Arts Unlimited District 214 Photo Show

We are proud to share the 2021 Arts Unlimited District 214 Photo Show. Once again our students have shown us how the arts have been essential tools to help express their emotions and share their brave hopes and dreams during a school year like no other. This year's show was juried by Bali-based international photographer David Metcalf. He also recorded a 23 minute talk for our photography students, sharing stories and lessons from his own photography portfolio. The following talented BG art students are recognized for their participation in this year’s event: Ellis Chamorro, Khushi Gandhi, Ian Garcia, Devin Horvath, Kiersten Hung (Honorable Mention), Nicole Katunina, Tiffany Kesler, Ellen Lee (Honorable Mention), Grecia Vanessa Leyva (1st Place), Matthew Maradkel, Michael Mikolajczyk, Victoria Panasiuk, Alexander Safanov, Kristen Tenekejieva, and Maryam Yelda (3rd place). CLICK HERE to view the show. Additionally, the entire photo show can be viewed in the display cases at Forest View and will remain there over the summer.

The Bison Impact:  

  • Congratulations to Gymnast Ben Valak, the Parallel Bars State Champion! Ben was also 3rd in State for All-Around!

  • Shout out to the first ever BGHS Boys and Girls Lacrosse teams! Both teams have been very competitive in the MSL East games. Highlights of the boys inaugural season so far include defeating Elk Grove 17-0, and an intense game against Rolling Meadows with multiple lead changes, a comeback to tie the game with 8 seconds left, and winning 9-8 in overtime. Highlights for the girls team was beginning the season undefeated until a recent loss to Hersey. Congrats to both teams and coaches!

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Baseball players celebrating Senior Night this week. The Bison won on senior day, defeating Rolling Meadows 5-0. Senior Luc Rotondo was excellent on the mound going 7 innings and striking out 12. The Bison are back in action tonight against Schaumburg.

Final Bison Academy - Extra Support to Finish Strong

Tuesday, May 25th: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Only one more left! Our last Bison Academy will be this Tuesday, May 25th. We will have teachers and National Honors Society students that will be able to provide support in just about every class we offer at BGHS! It will run from 3:30 - 6:00pm, and it is a drop-in service. Students can come and go as they see fit.  We will be in the Library, or via Zoom HERE.

This is a great opportunity for that one last effort to get organized and prepared for your finals.  

Upcoming Dates



May 21

Senior Activity Day

Theater Awards 7:00 pm in the Theater

May 22

Senior Prom Masquerade Grant Blaney Stadium Click HERE for Prom info

May 25

Bison Academy (academic support) 3:30-6:00 pm BGHS Library

or  via Zoom HERE

May 24-28

Final Exam Week

May 28

Last Day of School

June 7

2021-22 school year mandatory online registration opens

Summer School 1st Session begins

June 28

Summer School 2nd Session begins 

August 3-4

2020-21 Yearbook Distribution at Main Foyer concessions stand

August 11

First Day of 2021-22 School Year


Back Those Bison!

Did you know you can watch the Bison athletic events on the BGHS Athletics YouTube channel and Vimeo page?

CLICK HERE for the BGHS Athletics YouTube Channel

CLICK HERE for the BGN Vimeo Page

Staff Spotlight

What is your name? Michael Jorzak


What department have you/ do you work in? I work in the Campus Security area of BGHS. 


How long have you been working at BG? I am about to complete my second year working here at BG, although I didn't get a full first year here (Thanks COVID).


Where did you go to high school? The greatest high school in the country, BGHS class of 2013


What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding? I would have to say the interactions with students everyday is hands down the most rewarding. I think we all as staff felt the lack of spark and energy without the students in the building early on in the year. I always enjoyed the interaction with students, but I definitely found out how much I took it for granted when they were not here. We have a lot of talented students here at BGHS, and seeing them back makes the days so much better.


What are you currently reading, and/ or do you have a favorite author or podcast?  I actually haven't read or listened to too many podcasts lately. My favorite thing to watch now is the buzzfeed unsolved and unsolved supernatural series on YouTube. Looking into unsolved cases and theories of what happened is just something that has always got my immediate attention. As for the supernatural part, I'm big into haunted places and ghosts... they're out there you just got to believe, 


What is something unique about you? I am a huge White Sox, and baseball fan overall. I really want to travel to every stadium and have made it a goal of mine. I've hit only 3 out of 30 so far, so I've got a long way to go... but we'll get there! I'm also a pretty big history nerd. It was always my favorite class to take when I was here and I love watching movies and documentaries that have anything to do with history. 


What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  What activities at BG do you follow? I'm not currently a sponsor to any clubs but I got to give a shout out to the boys and girls in the gaming club. I'm a big gamer myself and loved walking through the staff lounge last year on Friday's seeing them get all set up. 


With working the after school hours inside the building, I have really been paying attention to a lot of the boys/girls basketball and volleyball games. I see first hand by passing through their practices how hard they work and find myself really getting into the games.

BGHS In the News

Boys lacrosse: Buffalo Grove dumps Rolling Meadows in OT

Daily Herald, May 13, 2021

In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary's second definition of the word momentum it's labeled as 'strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events'. In the debut season of boys lacrosse for the Mid-Suburban East obtaining it may hold the key toward capturing the division crown as none of its members headed into Thursday night's schedule with more than one loss in division play. "There's a lot of parity in the MSL East," Buffalo Grove coach Ray Kincaid, Jr. said after his team's 9-8 overtime win at Rolling Meadows. "And it's going to make it fun. Again, these kids have been waiting a long time for this. We just found something." Read Story


Boys gymnastics: Buffalo Grove's Valek takes 3rd in state all-around

Daily Herald, May 14, 2021

The boys are back. For the first time since February 29, 2020, the Illinois High School Association has an individual state boys champion. Read Story


Journal-Area Athletes Win 5 State Titles In Boys Gymnastics

Journal & Topics, May 20, 2021

Buffalo Grove’s Valak made some history, winning parallel bars with a 9.6 score. Valak is the second state champion in Buffalo Grove program history and the first state champion since Dewey Deal also won parallel bars in 1977. Valak is the sixth different medalist in program history and first since Daniel Gerovoy in 2016 (6th on parallel bars). Before Gerovoy, the last two medalists in program history were Dustin Berman in 2006 (2nd on vault) and Bob Thumme in 1988 (5th on parallel bars). The only other medalist in program history was Lee Battaglia in 1977. Deal earned medals in 1976, 1977 and 1978. Read Story


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