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Bloom Trail to Induct Three Graduates into Hall of Fame

7 days ago

Three graduates of Bloom Trail High School in Steger will be honored for their outstanding accomplishments and distinguished careers when they are inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in a March 10 ceremony.

The selection of Hall of Fame members is based on professional achievements, community leadership and service to others. Selected as the 2018 inductees are Cory Hardrict, Dr. Maria Acena Nagel and Terri L. Winfree, Ph.D.

Bloom Township High School District 206 Superintendent Lenell Navarre, EdD, said the 2018 inductees will join a group of 22 Bloom Trail Hall of Fame members. 

Brief profiles of the three individuals to be inducted follow:

Cory Hardrict, 1993 graduate, is a movie and television actor and producer. He began his career on television in the 1990s with appearances in prime time programs, including "Felicity" and "ER." He made his cinema debut in 1999 in the film "Never Been Kissed" starring Drew Barrymore. In 2008 he had a supporting role in the move "Gran Torino" starring Clint Eastwood. He had a lead role in the 2014 hit move "American Sniper." He also has appeared in the recently released films "All Eyez on Me" and "Spectral."

During his career, Hardrict has acted in approximately 60 television shows and movies. His television credits include programs such as "NYPD" and " CSI: Miami." Hardrict keeps ties to his alma mater, returning to speak to students at Bloom Trail. Hardrict is married to actress and model Tia Mowry. They have a son and live in Los Angeles.

Maria Acena Nagel, 1987 graduate, is associate professor of a research laboratory at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Her responsibilities include managing multiple grants researching how the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles also may cause strokes. The university named Nagel an associate professor of neurology in 2015 and associate professor of ophthalmology this year. Her bachelor's degree is from the University of Chicago; she received her medical degree in 2002 from the University of Illinois.

Nagel has been recognized for her professional achievements, and during her career she has traveled to other countries to participate in medical conferences and events. She has authored 87 professional publications.  Dr. Nagel has two children and resides in Denver.

Terri L. Winfree, 1977 graduate, has been serving as president of Prairie State College in Chicago Heights since 2013. She joined the Prairie State administration in 2000 as an associate dean. Winfree was named dean of continuing professional education in 2004, and three years later was promoted to vice president of community and economic development at the college.

As a student, Winfree received an associate degree from Prairie State before attending Governors State University, earning both her bachelor's and master's degrees there. She completed her doctorate in education and human resources at Colorado State University. Winfree has been recognized with numerous awards. He lengthy career resume also includes publications, conference presentations and community involvement. She has two adult sons and lives in Tinley Park.

The Hall of Fame induction will take place at a dinner ceremony at Scrementi's Restaurant in Steger. Reservations for the event may be arranged by contacting Berda Kennedy at 708-755-7010, extension 1121, and forwarding a check payable to Bloom Trail High School. Reservations must be purchased no later than January 10. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The induction ceremony will immediately follow dinner.
 
 

Karla Porrata: November Student of the Month
Karla Porrata: November Student of the Month
Karla Porrata is the Rotary Club student of the month. Karla was nominated by her teachers because of her academics, pleasant disposition and leadership skills. Karla is an absolute pleasure to be around and is involved in: ROTC, Sophomore Board, Mathletes, Latino Club and Key Club.

Registration for Transfer-in Students

16 days ago

Hello!  Welcome to Bloom Trail High School!  Transfer students will need to call the Registrar’s office to make an appointment to register.  Please contact the Registrar at 708-758-7000 ext. 3125.  When you come for your appointment, you must have all of the following documentation with you in order to register:

Transfer students need the following documentation

  • Residency - see below
  • Official/Unofficial transcripts 
  • ISBE transfer form or a letter of good standing (if transferring from a private school or outside of IL)
  • Current physical and immunization record

Proof Residency (1)

  • Signed lease (all parties) and dated within current school year
  • Mortgage statement
  • Closing papers (within last 12 months)
  • Property tax bill
  • Notarized letter from Landlord with rental agreements

Parent/Guardian Identification (1)

  • Photo ID (of person enrolling student w/address)
  • Driver’s License
  • State ID

Utility bills with address and within 30 days of receipt (2)

  • Cable bill
  • Utility bills – gas, electric, water
  • Phone bill
  • Internet bill
  • Business mail received at residence
  • Auto registration and/or insurance
  • Medical Card

Attention Seniors Class of 2017

All seniors MUST provide proof of the 2nd dose of the meningitis vaccine in order to register for the school year.

 

Veterans Day 2017

10 days ago

On November 11, 2017 (Veterans Day) Bloom Trail's 10 man color guard detail, commanded by Cadet Chief Petty Officer Jefferson Le, performed for the Veterans atSauk Village Municipal Center in front of approximately 80 guests. Cadet Le also performed an armed exhibition solo, which earned him praises by all in attendance. Also in attendance were Sauk Village Mayor Derrick Burgess, Illinois House Representative Elgie R. Sims, Jr. and Congresswoman Robin Kelly who all gave special thanks for our participation. Overall it was a very successful event honoring our veterans both past and present.

Looking Back on Manufacturing Day 2017!

16 days ago


Bloom 206 brought together several South Suburban manufacturing businesses to offer students a first-hand look at a field that helped build America.

On Tuesday, October 3, students from several middle schools across eight South Suburban districts will visited Bloom and heard from several manufacturing companies about the resurgence of industry and what it takes to enter the manufacturing field. Speakers at the event included Behr Paint Manufacturing Managers John Harmon and Matt Smith, as well as Prairie State College Dean of Career and Technical Education Janice Kaushal. Chicago Heights Mayor David A. Gonzalez was the keynote speaker.

After hearing from the businesses, students split up to take tours of 22 participating manufacturing facilities including the Ford Motor Company Stamping Plant, F.H.Ayer Manufacturing. and Do-Rite Die & Engineering. Students also visited Prairie State College’s manufacturing technology machine shop.

Manufacturing Day holds a special significance in Chicago Heights, says Bloom Township High School District 206 Superintendent Lenell Navarre.

“Manufacturing has seen a resurgence in the United States, and industry has always been deeply tied to Chicago Heights,” Navarre said. “It has been wonderful to see our event grow and evolve over the past four years, and seeing so many young people take an interest in industry makes for a promising future.”