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Emmie Phillips, from left, Grace Hayes, Natalie Nelson are pictured June 7, 2020 in Barrington as they collected food and cash that was to be donated to a Chicago organization and distributed to families of Chicago Public Schools children who missed getting meals after looting ravaged some communities. – Original Credit: Emily Young (Emily Young / HANDOUT)

The Barrington area community surprised Natalie Nelson with how much it stepped up on Sunday to provide meals for Chicago Public Schools students who may need them.

In just four hours, Nelson and two fellow 2016 Barrington High School graduates collected $1,125 in cash to buy fresh and non-perishable food to deliver to Port Ministries in Chicago. The food is to be distributed to the families of children who temporarily lost their free meals through CPS, Nelson said.

“We’re over the moon,” said Nelson, who now lives in Fox River Grove. “I did not expect to have this much support. The community really came together. They provided so many donations in food and cash. It was great to see.”

The passersby and visitors to College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors, the downtown Barrington site where the food was collected, were very supportive, said Emmie Phillips, of Barrington Hills.

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Graduates in Class of 2020: 773

Graduation speaker: Margaret Simmons

Class officers: Senior Class Board: President Rhea Thomas, Vice President Charlotte Lucas, Treasurer Afrah Ahmed, Secretary Taylor Hall; Student Council: President Diego Garcia Davidson.

Academic achievements: 10 National Merit finalists; 38 National Merit Commended Scholars; 216 Illinois State Scholars; Anna Mae King named to IHSA All-State Academic First Team.

Theater productions: “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Footloose.”

Homecoming King and Queen: Tarun Voruganti and Marche Salley.

Homecoming theme: “Candyland Homecoming: It’s Going to be Sweet!”

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

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Barrington High School graduate Dominique Duval speaks to a crowd June 6, 2020 during a demonstration in Citizens Park in Barrington while event organizer Zoe Zakson holds a photo of Duval’s uncle taking part in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. (Kulsoom Khan / Pioneer Press)

A crowd estimated at over 200 people gathered in Barrington Saturday to join other area and nationwide protests against police brutality – including unarmed African American people – in the wake of the death earlier this month of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Floyd, who is African American, was killed on Memorial Day in Minneapolis while in police custody. He was apprehended for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a local store, according to published reports about the incident.

A video recorded by a bystander that has gone viral globally, appears to show now-former police officer Derick Chauvin, who is white, pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for what officials said was 8 minutes and 46 seconds – all while other officers pinned Floyd down and applied pressure to his back. Another officer is seen in the video appearing to stand watch.

“I’m furious, because it took a video for the nation to believe that the problem my community has seen forever is real,” Pastor Zina Jacque, of Community Church of Barrington, said while addressing the crowd of demonstrators.

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Illinois schools, which have been shut down since March because of the coronavirus pandemic, will now be allowed to hold in-person summer school, thanks to an executive order issued Thursday afternoon by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

But many area school systems — including Chicago Public Schools — have already announced that summer school will be held through remote learning, so it’s not immediately clear if such districts will change course.

The order states that all Illinois public and nonpublic elementary and high schools can open for “limited in-person educational purposes” once the regular school year ends. They can also continue providing food and other services, but must follow guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health as the state moves through the third phase of its reopening plan.

Any school that reopens must take safety measures that include anyone older than 2 years old wearing face masks and other appropriate personal protective equipment. Also, the number of people in a space will be limited to 10, maintaining a 6-foot distance between them. Physical contact and sharing of personal items is discouraged, and students and staff must adhere to regular hand washing and other cleaning and hygiene practices.

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Carolina Aleida Valdes is one of the 773 Barrington High School class of 2020 graduates. The virtual graduation ceremony was broadcast online May 29, 2020 (Elizabeth Owens-Schiele / Pioneer Press)

During a virtual graduation ceremony Friday, Barrington High School Principal Steve McWilliams transported viewers back to a time before COVID-19 disease, remote learning and social distancing, and highlighted the many achievements, accomplishments and awards of the graduating class of 2020.

“Early in the fall, 48 members of the class of 2020 were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program,” McWilliams said during the pre-recorded ceremony that was broadcast on the Vimeo video social media app.

He also recognized the many successes of students who participated in the school’s dance, music, theater, broadcast and sports programs.

The top college destinations of the 773 graduates, he said, include Indiana University, Loyola University, Purdue University, University of Illinois and Harper College.

Additionally, some students will attend such highly selective schools as Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Yale University. McWilliams said 216 members of the graduating class are Illinois State Scholars and six got a 36 on the ACT, the highest score possible.

Read more here. To watch the 2020 BHS graduation ceremony, click here.

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Students at more than a dozen suburban Chicago high schools and Northwestern University have launched online petitions demanding that their canceled graduation ceremonies be rescheduled once COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings are lifted.

Barrington High School senior Niyanthi Puliyala started an online petition asking officials to consider rescheduling either the graduation ceremony or prom for a later date.

“Fighting the coronavirus should be everyone’s top priority and matters like these seem inconsequential at a time like this, but this is an idea I am proposing. … Postpone the traditional graduation ceremony instead of having a virtual ceremony,” she said in her online petition.

Puliyala told the Tribune that she saw other schools tenatively rescheduling later ceremonies and “it seems like we’re the one high school that just immediately jumped to a virtual graduation only, which was shocking.”

The petition asks officials to consider July 31 as a possible commencement date, since the high school has tentatively set prom for Aug. 1.

Sounds reasonable. Read more here.

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Jaylyn Chavarria and Sophia Hutchison, both seniors at Barrington High School, pose after receiving investment funds in 2019 for their start-up company, Safe Pack. The young women are now using their new company to send COVID-19 care packages to troops overseas.

After a start-up company created by a group of Barrington High School students was put on hold due to the coronavirus epidemic, the teens behind the project decided to get creative and find a way to give back.

The product they produce, the Safe Pack, functions mainly as a fanny pack, with extra safety features intended to prevent phone loss and theft, especially at large gatherings like concerts and sporting events. But since many of those events have been canceled due to ongoing social distancing guidelines, the students realized their “prime months” to sell the product might be lost for the year.

Instead of halting business operations, though, seniors Jaylyn Chavarria and Sophia Hutchison decided to use their new company to send care packages to military personnel stationed overseas.

“Instead of pressing pause on this, we wanted to continue building our business and giving back to others … especially those who sacrifice their lives every single day to protect us and our families back home,” Chavarria said.

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Hart Road at Route 14 in Barrington will be closed starting at 6 AM Monday, May 18, for three months.

The closure is necessary as part of railroad crossing improvements, along with the reconstruction and widening of the intersection of Hart Road and Route 14, according to the Lake County Division of Transportation. The road is scheduled to reopen Monday, Aug. 17.

On the south side of Hart Road, local traffic will have access to businesses, residences and Barrington High School from Lake-Cook Road.

For more information, visit hartandus14.com.

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Barrington graduate Claire Voris, one of the best softball pitchers in school history, is pictured here in the John Marshall Wilderness in Washington state, an area burned out from a forest fire. She was evacuated approximately three times from the wilderness during the forest fire season. (Photo courtesy of Claire Voris)

Shortly after she earned her master’s degree two years ago in nonfiction writing at the University of Montana, Claire Voris was riding horses that pulled mules in the Montana wilderness.

I must say I was not totally surprised when I heard that news.

Back in high school, when she was an all-area pitcher for Barrington’s softball team, Voris also found time to unwind by riding bareback on neighborhood trails aboard her quarter horse named Babe.

“My mom (Tamara) and dad (Jim) always made it a priority of having a really deep appreciation for the outdoors,” said the 31-year-old Voris, one of the finest pitchers to step on the Fields of Dreams’ pitching mound.

“And also for the wildlife, the animals and pets in our lives.”

Today, Voris is an Events and Outreach Associate at the Great Peninsula Conservancy in Bremerton, Wash.

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Crews wrapped up their work earlier than advertised today, but they seem to have left themselves enough traffic barriers for single lane closures.  Nonetheless, the “Barrington Bypass” is once again open.

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