OPRF homecoming reaches for the stars

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Homecoming festivities at Oak Park and River Forest High School this year expect to be out of this world. As in previous years, homecoming will have a theme and this year it's "Galaxy." Previous years' themes included old Hollywood and jungle.

Events kick off next week starting Thursday, Oct. 3 and wrapping up Saturday, Oct. 5. Once again, the school is encouraging homecoming attendees to be respectful of neighbors during the weekend's celebrations. The scheduled activities include:

Thursday, Oct. 3

  • OPRF varsity boys' soccer vs. Fenwick, 4:30 p.m., in the stadium


  • Powder puff football game, junior vs. senior girls, 6:30 p.m. in the stadium

Friday, Oct. 4

  • Varsity football, Huskies vs. Glenbard West, 7:30 p.m. in the stadium


  • Halftime, homecoming court introductions

Saturday, Oct. 5

  • Alumni coffee and tours, 9:30-11 a.m. at the OPRF Welcome Center
  • Girls varsity tennis, 8:30 a.m., on the tennis courts
  • Freshman football, 9 a.m., in the stadium
  • Homecoming dance, 7-10 p.m., in the fieldhouse

Public forum on Roosevelt redo

A public forum regarding the proposed Roosevelt Middle School exterior project is scheduled for 7 p.m., Oct. 28, in the Roosevelt auditorium, 7650 Oak Ave., River Forest.

The project includes reconfiguring parking spaces and accessibility upgrades. The total cost of the project is estimated at a little more than $1 million. Budgets and drawings are available on the District 90 website, www.district90.org.

In related news, the River Forest school district is reporting an increase in enrollment at its three schools this year. Roosevelt's enrollment is 665 students, as of August. Willard and Lincoln elementary schools have 290 and 397 kids, respectively. Overall, enrollment is up by 28 students in the district.

Student honors for Fenwick, OPRF

Fenwick High School recently announced that 16 of its seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program and the College Board.

Thirteen of the students were named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program: Matthew Kirchoff of Berwyn; Kate Milleker and Daniel Murphy of Riverside; Laura Dillon and Margaret Donahue of LaGrange Park; Michael J. Kelly of Western Springs; Jose Camara, Miranda Chapa and Zachary Tieke of Hinsdale; Kevin Eicken of LaGrange; Emma Gihl and Daniel Shannon of Elmhurst; and Conor O'Neill of Clarendon Hills.  

Those students qualified after taking preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors. Also, three Fenwick students made College Board's list distinguished seniors. Miranda Chapa of Hinsdale, Alexis Buglio of Chicago and David Durkin of Riverside were recognized for their exceptional scores on last year's PSAT/MERIT exam.

Oak Park and River Forest High School announced its National Achievement Scholarship semifinalists: Hannah Jacobs-El, Christina Harrington and Justin Sapp. Three students have also been recognized as National Hispanic Recognition Program honorees: Alexandra Barcia, Luisa Vasquez and Gabriel Matesanz.

CONTACT: tdean@wjinc.com

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