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Natalie Sereda Wins Art Is Alive Competition

Seven Highland Park High School students reach finals. Chess team tops Deerfield.

Highland Park High School's Natalie Sereda won The Art Center's Art Is Alive competition for students.
Highland Park High School's Natalie Sereda won The Art Center's Art Is Alive competition for students.

The following information is provided by Township High School District 113.

Highland Park High School Celebrates Art is Alive Winners

Highland Park High School announces that several students were honored for their artistic talent. Natalie Sereda was the high school winner for the 2014 Art is Alive competition. Art Is Alive is a citywide juried art show. Students’ work was selected from hundreds of entries. Their art work is on display at The Art Center in Highland Park. 

Other Highland Park High School students were named as finalists. They include: Juan Marban, Tilly Freedman, Mackenzie Paulsen, Anne Mendes, Justine Rudy, and Andy Kaufman. 

Highland Park High School Chess Team Competes

The Highland Park High School Chess team participated in two matches recently and finished 1-1. They beat Deerfield High School but lost against Glenbrook South, one of the state’s best teams. They finished their season 4-2, the best start since the 2009-2010 school year. Losses in conference were to teams projected to finish among the top five in state. They competed in the Niles North Team Tournament and faced very stiff completion, finishing 2-2 and losing to two very good teams, Payton College Prep and Evanston High School. Matthew Strehler earned a third place medal for second board, and Jonathan Hrach earned a second place medal for first board, right behind Whitney Young’s Sam Schmekal, the nation’s top high school player! The HPHS Chess team has two more tournaments to go before competing in the IHSA Chess Tournament in February. 

Highland Park High School Students Work with Local Artist 

Nino "Tselone" Rodriguez is a well-known international and Chicago based Graf Writer or Graffiti Artist. “Tselone” has been working in Graf Art since he was 11 years of age. He uses text, popimagery, Mayan imagery and symbols of today to bring out feelings of the past. This artist worked with Highland Park High School students to create a new graffiti mural in the hallway by C/E junction. 

Special thanks to “Tselone”, Beto Chavez, Gloria Gibson, Tyrone Nelson and the City of Highland Park for making this mural a possibility. 

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