Political Parties to Explain Platforms for Elk Grove High Students

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Political Parties to Explain Platforms for Elk Grove High Students


Byline: Erin Holmes

Elk Grove High School will host two parties Thursday.

Republican and Democrat.

Representatives from both will be on hand for an hourlong morning session aimed at helping teenagers - namely the 18-year- olds who are eligible to vote - sort out the oft-confusing details of what each party represents. The event will include time for questions.

"It's not a debate," teacher Jim Arey said. "It's more or less, 'Here's what we stand for.'"

Conveniently, the school also will have folks on hand to register students to vote immediately after the forum.

To build up for the big event, Elk Grove High has shown clips of each party, touting their own ideals, on television at the school for days.

The school, like others, has offered voter registration before, but it's "kind of been hit-or-miss," Arey said. "Here, we put it all on the table. Get it out there and let them ask questions. Maybe then, they can pick the right party."

And what better day for building citizenship than Thursday - honest Abe's birthday.

And the winner is: Jeff Meyer, a John Hersey High School senior, is this year's winner of Northwest Suburban High School District 214's annual Soloist Concerto contest.

Meyer, a violinist who lives in Mount Prospect, beat out finalists from all five other district schools for the honor of being the featured soloist at a district music festival March 3.

I would have put my money on Meyer all along: Hersey students have snatched the district's soloist honor five out of the past six years, including one repeat winner, violinist David Marks, in 1999 and 2002.

During his high school career, Meyer has performed in the Illinois Music Educators Association's All-State Festival and earned a rare perfect score at the Illinois High School Association Solo and Ensemble contest, among other honors. …

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