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The Barrington High School Fine Arts Department is proud to present this year’s virtual musical, “Songs for a New World”.

Ticket sales and streaming will be offered through the publishing company, Music Theater International. Click here to purchase tickets!

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It was 47 years in the making and this one was truly super.

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The referee signals the Barrington touchdown by Joey Gurskis, who celebrates with teammate Tom Sweeney (33) during Friday’s football game against Prospect in Barrington. (Paul Valade | Staff Photographer)

Barrington outlasted Prospect 52-45 Friday in Barrington in the first Mid-Suburban League football championship game since 1974. And in a game that had 1,089 yards of offense, it was a defensive play that was the biggest.

Jackson Gehrisch came over from near the middle of the field to intercept a pass at the Barrington 1-yard line with less than 30 seconds to play to preserve the win for the Broncos.

“As a defensive player, we don’t love all those points, ” Gehrisch said. “I figured that they would try to pick on a play in the corner. I saw it and just came over and picked it off.”

It was a sweet win for Barrington (6-0), which was not even a member of the MSL when the last championship game was played.

“It was unbelievable,” Barrington coach Joe Sanchez said. “For this group to come out like this in a shootout with an absolutely fantastic team over there, I am elated and humbled.”

Barrington had taken a 52-45 lead on Bryan Smith’s third touchdown of the night. Smith, who finished with 263 yards on 14 carries, scored on a 6-yard run to put Barrington back on top 52-45 with 1:49 to play.

Read more here.  Congratulations Broncos!

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TreeIn partnership with the non-profit Tree-Plenish, National Honor Society students at Barrington High School will be planting over 400 trees in the yards of local residents in order to offset their school’s paper usage. The event will be taking place at Barrington High School on April 17th from 9:00am-1:00pm.

Throughout the year, students have been working hard to plan these tree-planting events. They calculated how much paper the school used during an academic year and converted the amount into a number of trees. The students marketed their event to their local community and got residents to order trees for their property. On the day of the event, volunteer teams are going to plant the saplings in the yards of residents and on multiple District 220 school campuses that requested them.

The students are hosting this event in partnership with Tree-Plenish, a student-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization striving to build sustainable communities through youth engagement. Together with Tree-Plenish, students from Barrington High School’s National Honor society hope to drive Barrington towards a sustainable future.

-Laura Turngren National Honor Society Sponsor at Barrington High School

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“In his Superintendent report Dr. Harris also shared that for the first time ever Barrington High School will be celebrating homecoming in April! The activities will kick off on Friday, April 16 at 4:30pm with the freshman football game, followed by the varsity game at 7:30pm.

The Broncos will take on the Hoffman Estates Hawks. Homecoming Ambassadors will be announced at half-time during the varsity game. On Saturday, April 17 at 7:00pm the senior girls will take on the junior girls during the annual Filly football game.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be the annual homecoming parade down Main Street. In addition, at this point in time the varsity game on Friday night will have very limited access to the general public. All student participants (athletes, homecoming court, cheerleaders, dance, and band members) can receive up to four guest tickets.  A survey was sent to high school seniors and juniors earlier this week in order to gauge interest in attending the game. BHS will be sending out additional details to interested students about tickets and entry procedures.”

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The 65-year-old Illinois native and 1973 Barrington High School graduate was known for her style and friendly demeanor

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Jody Waters

Jody Waters was a longtime Boulder resident, but not of the tie-dyed, Birkenstock-wearing type.

The 65-year-old businesswoman, who was one of 10 people shot and killed at a King Soopers on Monday, is remembered for her sense of style and fashion. She worked in and owned boutiques on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall.

Jeff Shapiro, who owned a store on the downtown mall for several years, said he and his wife Melissa got to know Waters.

“She came in and shopped with us. We shopped with her,” Shapiro said.

Waters was from Barrington, Ill., and studied at the University of Arizona, according to her Facebook page.

Read the Denver Post article here.  The Barrington High School Alumni Facebook page containing numerous comments regarding this tragedy can be found here.

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2021 Merit

In his superintendent report at the March 16 meeting, Dr. Harris congratulated 18 BHS students who have been named 2021 National Merit Finalists. They are among some 7,600 finalists who were selected for the prestigious recognition, among a pool of some 15,000 semifinalists. The students now have the opportunity to compete for National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. Winners will be selected based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. Congrats to the following students:

Martha Abrahamson, Jacob Devadas, Emma Glenn, Sarah Huang, Ashwin Kasargode, Om Kolhe, Matthew Lee, Andrew Moritz, Aryan Nambiar, Saharsh Narayanam, Joseph Nepomuceno, Austin Nye, Sofia Rodriguez, Liam Starnes, Roseanne Strategos, Keegan Teal, Bryce Vist, and Isabella White 

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BHSAA March Madness Social

The Barrington High School Alumni Association (BHSAA) will be holding a March Madness Social on Thursday, March 18 at 4pm at Moretti’s in Barrington. Food and drink will be available for purchase. All public health protocols will be enforced. Capacity will be limited.

If you plan to attend, please email BHSAA President Chuck Thyfault at: chuckthyfault@gmail.com.

This year we’re holding our own friendly bracket competition! Prizes include BHS athletic swag bags. Each participant can have up to two brackets. Click here to participate and find our group “BHS Alumni & Friends 5562425”. The bracket is through ESPN.com.

  • Group Name: BHS Alumni & Friends 5562425
  • Group Motto: Barrington Pride
  • Group Password: broncos

To learn more about the BHSAA, visit their website here.

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At last night’s Board of Education meeting, members heard preliminary design plans for the referendum construction projects at Barrington High School. Of the $147 million which the community approved for the March 2020 referendum, about $62 million is dedicated to the high school. One major outcome of the work at BHS will be improved safety features and enhanced security equipment. This will be accomplished through several projects, some of which include: improved traffic circulation and additional security vestibules at entrances to the building. 

Another major outcome of the work at BHS will be improved educational spaces that will positively impact learning. This will be accomplished through several projects, some of which include: a renovated student services area where students can access services such as deans, counselors and nurses in one location, a culinary arts lab, and new spaces for fitness and wellness. 

BHS is currently in the design phase until approximately October 2021, with construction anticipated to begin in March 2022 and last through February 2025. The Board will continue to discuss the BHS design phase at its next meeting on March 16.

The video can be viewed here.

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Barrington Community Unit School District 220 is looking to get more Barrington High students back in the building for full-time in-person classes.

“We have plenty of space at (Barrington High School),” Superintendent Brian Harris said during a school board meeting. “We’ve had a lot of kids that originally reported they were going to come in person and did not. They have changed their position and have chosen now to be in full remote.”

The district reopened the school for in-person learning Jan. 19, using a hybrid model in which students alternated between attending class in the building and virtually.

However, a recent attendance study shows that, particularly among high school students, there’s a gap between those who said they wanted to attend in person and those who actually show up.

In the study, district officials looked at two days in which different groups of students were expected to be in the schools. Those numbers were then compared to actual attendance.

For early learning and elementary students, the percentage of attendance was near what officials expected — 92% for early learners and 96% for elementary students. In the middle schools, 84% of the students planned for were in the building. But in the high school, the actual attendance was just 68% of what was expected.

Read on here.

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Scotty Miller, a wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, poses with St. Viator grad and Bears rookie tight end Cole Kmet after the Bears beat the Bucs Oct. 8 at Soldier Field. The two played on the same team in the Barrington Youth Football League. – COURTESY OF SCOTTY MILLER

Kids start playing sports and they dream. They dream of making the big play. They dream of playing in the big game.

Scotty Miller no longer has to dream, unless it’s about putting a Super Bowl ring on his finger.

The 2015 Barrington High School graduate had dreams come true last week. He not only caught a touchdown pass in the NFC Championship Game, he got to celebrate a moment that helped his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reach the big game.

Big game as in Super Bowl LV.

With seconds left in the first half against Green Bay at Lambeau Field, Miller, a second-year wide receiver, beat his defender and hauled in a 39-yard TD pass from Tom Brady to put Tampa ahead 21-10. The Bucs would eventually hold off the Packers, 31-26, and they will face Kansas City Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, the first time in Super Bowl history a team plays the game in its home stadium.

“I’m super excited,” Miller said two days after the big catch from his Tampa home. “I can’t really grasp it yet. I just show up to work every day and I get to play in the NFL. Being in the Super Bowl is very special and I feel very fortunate.”

Read more here.

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