South Elgin High School Class of 2022
Class of 2022
  • Members of the senior class sing the national anthem during the South Elgin High School graduation ceremony May 28 at the Now Arena in Hoffman Estates.

      Members of the senior class sing the national anthem during the South Elgin High School graduation ceremony May 28 at the Now Arena in Hoffman Estates. Jeff Knox | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin competes during the IHSA competitive cheerleading state finals at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. The team finished in third place.

      South Elgin competes during the IHSA competitive cheerleading state finals at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. The team finished in third place. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin High School.

      South Elgin High School. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Coming in 2nd place at the South Elgin Talent Show and progressing to TalentFest at the Hemmens is The Can Line. Made up of percussionists in the schools drum line, the group includes, left to right Christopher Avila, Gabbi Flynn, Anna Fleck, Joe Lortie and Collin Van Der Karr.

    Coming in 2nd place at the South Elgin Talent Show and progressing to TalentFest at the Hemmens is The Can Line. Made up of percussionists in the schools drum line, the group includes, left to right Christopher Avila, Gabbi Flynn, Anna Fleck, Joe Lortie and Collin Van Der Karr. Courtesy of Dave Tonge

  • The senior class of South Elgin High School listens to Valedictorian Rachel McClow deliver the commencement address during graduation ceremonies May 28, at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates.

      The senior class of South Elgin High School listens to Valedictorian Rachel McClow deliver the commencement address during graduation ceremonies May 28, at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates. Jeff Knox | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Zoie Lewis lifts the championship plaque after her team defeated Jacobs in a girls regional final basketball game.

      South Elgin's Zoie Lewis lifts the championship plaque after her team defeated Jacobs in a girls regional final basketball game. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin High School performs during the IHSA state Competitive Dance finals at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington.

      South Elgin High School performs during the IHSA state Competitive Dance finals at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's Jordan Jones (5) intercepts a fourth quarter pass against Glenbard South.

    South Elgin's Jordan Jones (5) intercepts a fourth quarter pass against Glenbard South. Mark Black for Shaw Media Illinois

 
Updated 6/20/2022 10:32 AM

Graduates in Class of 2022: 735

Graduation ceremony: Saturday, May 28, Now Arena, Hoffman Estates

 

Valedictorian: Rachel McClow

Salutatorian: Gino Santini

Graduation Speaker: Rachel McClow

Class Officers: Yuri You, president; Kristen Petratos, vice president; Brianna Yu, secretary; Chloe Beucler, treasurer; Tiffany Vitug and Sara Khan, historians.

Extracurricular achievements:

• Chess team qualified for state for first time in school history.

Theater productions:

• "Shrek The Musical"

• "Clue"

• "Something Rotten"

Athletic achievements:

• Naomi Ruff, four-time Cross Country State Qualifier

• Dylan Lainez, Boys Cross Country State Qualifier

• Boys Bowling team state qualifier

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• Competitive Dance 9th place state finish

• Competitive Cheer 3rd place state finish

• Dom Schuleter, 8th place finish in boys swim 100 Freestyle

• Girls Basketball Sectional Finalist

• Upstate 8 conference championships: Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Girls Cross Country, Girls Volleyball, Football, Competitive Dance, Competitive Cheer, Girls Bowling, Girls Basketball.

What challenges did the Class of 2022 face as they returned to in-person school full time, and how did they overcome them: As we returned to in-person learning this year we understood there was going to be a period of adjustment, both academically and social-emotionally. However, I don't believe we anticipated the level of social emotional need that manifested from the previous year and a half. Many of our students struggled to self-regulate and de-escalate during the first semester. As the year progressed, I was so proud to see our students and teachers adapt to this "new normal" and ultimately excel in the classroom and through their various extra and co-curricular activities.

Principal's reflections on the Class of 2022: The Class of 2022 will always hold a special place in my heart. During their four years of high school, they really only had one "normal" year, with that being their Freshman year. Every year since has been uprooted by the pandemic. Taking that into consideration, it is truly remarkable to witness their perseverance, grit, and determination to recapture the essence and experience that only high school can offer. There is no doubt in my mind that this class will succeed in the future and we, as a society, will be in good hands with this generation leading the way.

-- Principal Kurt Johansen

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