Tyler Schlaffer has been a fan of the Chicago Cubs from the sandbox. Ever since he was little, the Homewood-Flossmoor High School alumnus dreamed of playing for that major league baseball team. Now he's celebrating his literal dream come true, after being drafted by the Cubs in early June.
On stage, Janelle Butler goes by Oliv Blu. The name is based on a decision that, like most of her artistic identity, can be tied directly to the life experiences that have shaped her. “When she was a baby, Janelle used to beat box,” said Dana Butler, mother of the H-F graduate, who was a recent contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.”
Homewood-Flossmoor High School science teacher Stephen Banasiak has been nominated for the prestigious National Science Foundation’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching of Science and Mathematics. Through his classes, the teacher gives students an understanding of scientific principles through a hands-on approach.
Louis Berman, a junior at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, was elected to serve as president of the boys division for the Great Midwest Region of BBYO, the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement.
With the assistance of Homewood officers, the Flossmoor Police Department hosted an active shooter drill at the H-F High School campus. School staff members, along with a few student volunteers, role-played during the March 22 drill while officers led a mock evacuation, followed by an hour-long debriefing to answer any questions from participants.
Homewood-Flossmoor High School seniors Michael Grupp and Madelyn Fitzgerald have been selected Chick Evans Scholars by the Western Golf Association. The Evans Scholarship is valued at an estimated $120,000 over four years. It covers tuition and room and board. Grupp and Fitzgerald were among 20 scholarship winners this year based on four criteria: a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.