(1) EXTREME MAKE-OVER: GIFTED EDITION MAGGIE HARTNEY Schaumburg High School (2) REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE...REBUILD JILLIAN JOHNSON Mrs. Julie Zinger, Science Department William Fremd High School William Fremd High School Centered around the idea that everything can be environmentally friendly, I created a ―green‖ line of the classic Lego toy, beginning with a brick made out of recycled materials like water bottles and old Lego bricks. This idea evolved into a recycling program project for Lego as a way to get old bricks that could be melted into new pieces. After designing the bricks I created several Lego sets and an ad campaign centered around the environment, which I am planning on sending to Lego executives. (3) MAKING AN ELECTRIC GUITAR JOSHUA PHUA Mr. Eric LeBlanc, Applied Technology Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School The electric guitar has been the main focus of the music industry for the last fifty years. This independent study takes a glimpse at the elements needed to build an electric guitar, as well as the process of the actual build. This project produced a quality guitar at a fraction of the cost of custom guitars, but also with the attention to detail that is often associated with custom ‗boutique‘ makers. (4) QUIRKY QUILTING ANIQUE ABURAAD Mrs. Marijana Aburaad, Program Assistant Palatine High School Grove Elementary School Ms. Rawnee Hacke, Quilting Enthusiast Quilting has developed over the decades from functional four patch quilts to artistically designed decorations. Quilting can be creatively enhanced in many ways such as through the use of applique, brightly colored fabrics, or unique designs. Using these creative touches is a novel way to add both interest and flair to quilts. (5) CHICAGO EXPOSED VALERI PREDENKO Mrs. Linda Goergen, Art Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School Photography is the art or process of producing images of objects on photosensitive surfaces. This project focuses on capturing downtown Chicago through different perspectives and textures. The pictures are in black and white and were shot with a Kodak EasyShare V1253. They were taken over a period of two months and incorporate natural elements in contrast with the industrial buildings. (6) PICTURE YOURSELF... MEGAN KENNEDY Mr. Chuck Senties, Caricature Artist William Fremd High School Mr. Lew Hubbard, Art Department William Fremd High School Throughout our history, art has proven itself to be an indubitably effective means of expression - expression of fear, respect, sadness, happiness, and everything in between. Above all, though, art is an expression of one's self. So, picture yourself: a shockingly good-looking, stunning specimen of humanity that the world could scarcely do without. Now picture yourself through somebody else's eyes. More likely than not, that potato you call a nose is just a little more prominent than you thought. And so, the caricature is born. The art of caricature is defined as the capture and exaggeration of a person's likeness. This project explores various aspects and applications of art - from the comical art of caricature, to the intriguing art of forensic sketching, to the compassionate yet pragmatic creation of "Hearts for Art," a benefit art sale and exhibition to raise money for the American Cancer Society. (7) DINER EN FRANCAIS EMILY KUHN Ms. Suzanne Wolf, Family and Consumer Science Depart Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School Microwave dinners and 20 minutes of eat-and-run, be gone! In France, dinner is a multi-faceted affair, ranging from 3-7 courses, often involving both family and friends. Yet this would be nothing without the food! French cuisine is diverse and appealing - from thick, rich soups to mouthwatering, light pastries - nothing is the same. This is a study of French cuisine, specifically dinner and dessert. (8) ART THROUGH A SPRAY CAN JESUS LEON Mr. Louis Botello, Business Manager Palatine High School White Castle Mr. Simon Castrejon, Art Department Palatine High School Art develops through many different media. From the stylus to the pencil and from paint to the spray can, the tools of art create different styles. Graffiti is the most popular style of spray can art known to modern man. Using paint, paper, drywall, pencils, chalk, a gas mask, boards of wood and gloves – a new ―tagger‖ emerges tonight. (9) AUTISM: A GLUTEN-FREE, CASEIN-FREE DIETARY APPROACH NIKHIL BYANNA Dr. Anju Usman, Director James B. Conant High School True Health Medical Center Autism has become so prevalent in America that it affects 1 out of every 150 children. Although there is no known cure for autism, researchers have found multiple treatment options that can help improve an autistic child‘s behavior and development. One treatment option that has become increasingly effective is placing the child on a gluten and casein-free diet, which involves eliminating wheat and dairy products from the child‘s diet. The project focuses on this approach by creating a multicultural cookbook that can aid parents in their attempt to implement the diet. (10) GOING GREEN TO SAVE GREEN PETER DRAZNIK Mr. Jack Lewnard, Vice President Chieft Technology Offic William Fremd High School Gas Technologies Institute Cars are one of the leading contributors to emissions linked to global warming. While there are cleaner alternatives available, car manufacturers and oil companies fear that the switch to greener fuel will cause them to lose money. While this may or may not be true, what is more important are the costs to consumers, and how greener fuel will better our earth and preserve the future. My project compares different alternative fuel options by emissions along with vehicle costs over its lifespan. (11)STRAIGHT TALK ON SCOLIOSIS: AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT INFORMATION BIAS ON THE INTERNET AND BEYOND HALEY SHOAF Mrs. Meg Gogin, Physical Therapist William Fremd High School Spinal Dynamics Scoliosis, although not an extremely uncommon disease, is one that is often misunderstood as well as heavily debated, especially when it comes to treatment methods. The information available to patients regarding their options after diagnosis is often confusing, incomplete, and depending on the source, very biased. This fact is not helped by the lack of accurate information presented about scoliosis on the internet, which one study deemed to be ―of limited quality and poor informational value." For my project, I have engaged in an in-depth study of scoliosis and the methods used to treat it, in order to determine the true effectiveness of these methods. My research will culminate in the launching of a website, which will present in a straightforward and consistent manner the cold hard facts which are so often denied to patients. (12) MARKETING PLAN 101 KELLY LOMAS Mrs. Angela Drenth, Family and Consumer Science Depar James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School Mrs. Patricia Ertl, Business Education Department James B. Conant High School Marketing and advertising is a big part of society today; it‘s everywhere. Marketing is often mistaken as only the promotional aspect of advertising, however it is much more. Through in depth research, this study focuses on the creation of a marketing plan for social events, which centers on thorough background information and analysis. (13) "WATCHDOG MEDIA" TAHA ZAFFAR Mrs. Tracy Serafini, English Department Schaumburg High School Schaumburg High School Mr. Antwan Lewis, Media Department WGN News The world is ever-changing and everything can change in a matter of minutes, so who do you count on to keep you up to date, the media? Well, the media is not all that it‘s cracked up to be. It‘s sensationalized, biased, and is always at risk of becoming subjugated by corporations. My project‘s goals are to address these flaws, explore them, remedy them, and ultimately make my own news broadcast that returns to the roots of media. To accomplish my goal I have researched, contacted a professional in the business, and have put together a sample broadcast. If you think you‘re ready for real media, step by my booth and prepare to see the unbiased truth. (14) AN ANGLE ON ANCIENT ARCHITECTURE JACOB ALBERTI Mrs. Ericka Smith, Architect Palatine High School Gel Architects Architecture has been around for thousands of years and its oldest creations can still be seen in modern works. Each culture‘s architecture displays characteristics that set it apart from all others. ―An Angle on Ancient Architecture‖ explores the world of architecture and modeling, displaying several different cultural styles of architecture in separate models, as well as combining select features into one original structure (15) STAINED GLASS: IT'S NOT JUST FOR CHURCHES JOE DAUMEN Mr. Raymond Reeves, Veterinarian Palatine High School Lansing Animal Hospital Stained glass is a work of art that requires patience, creativity, and bandages. It is an ancient art that dates back to the time of Egyptian pyramids. Glass is easily breakable but ironically, it is used to protect us from the elements. This fragile durability allows stained and colored glass to be manipulated into an endless variety of art forms. (16) EDUCATION AND THE COMMUNITY: A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP AARON TUCEK Mr. Tim Little, Principal Schaumburg High School Schaumburg High School Mrs. Debby Kray, Director of Instructional Improvement Township High School District 211 Education: it is one the single most important factors in determining the success or failure of our country. My project focuses on improving Education in America from the ground up, by building and maintaining strong ties between schools, students, their parents, and the community at large. Through numerous programs and partnerships, my project enables schools to reach their full potential as social institutions, allowing communities and their schools to impact each other for the better, and ultimately best fulfilling the needs of the children who so desperately depend on them. Under the example of the hugely successful Harlem Children‘s Zone and the guidance of the Search Institute‘s 40 Developmental Assets, I have striven to change the role of school in society and to drastically improve the experiences of the children who go through that crucial system. It is time that we turn Education in this country around; it is time that students get what they deserved from their home, their school, and their community; and, as the African Proverb goes, ―It takes a village to raise a child.‖ (17) ENVIRONMURAL ROSAKO WAGNER Mrs. Cindy Beauvais, Professional Muralist William Fremd High School Cindy's Murals Waste, pollution, and litter are destroying earth's environment. What if we stopped polluting? What if we left places cleaner than how we found them? Humanity needs to change, and the best way to accomplish this is to advertise. What better way is there to advertise than creating a giant painting promoting environmental change on a public wall? After all, murals are capable of sending messages to thousands of people at once. Though painting a mural is a complex and strenuous process that requires lots of planning and patience, once the painting is complete, the finished product is astounding. This project encompasses that entire process, from the first sketches, to the finished 4 foot by 6 foot masterpiece. (18) SCRAPBOOKING LIVES NISHA MOORKOTH Mr. Wendy Amato, Scrapbook and Jewelry Designer Palatine High School Wendy Amato's Custom Design For all who have beloved photos just lying around the house gathering dust (or thrown into boxes), a solution exists for your problem. Let "Scrapbooking Lives" create beautiful scrapbooks/photo albums for you! Select custom templates, original color backgrounds, and even personalize headings and captions -- but let someone else do the work for you. (19) COMPOSING: THE MAGIC BEHIND THE MUSIC DAN QUINN Mr. Andrew Rozsa, Trombonist / Composer William Fremd High School Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Music is everywhere. We can find it in the movies, on our iPod, on our computer, and in our favorite department stores. Because music is such a common aspect of everyday life, most people never stop and think about the effort that has gone into making it. Since the days of Mozart and Beethoven, great composers have been providing people with operas, symphonies, ballets, and other forms of musical entertainment. This project focuses on the effort and process that goes into composing for a full orchestra. Along with extensive research in music theory, orchestration techniques, and finding the meaning behind the music, this project gives people a hands-on look at what it really takes to write music for the modern orchestra. (20) CLEAN ENERGY: GATEWAY TO THE FUTURE. MIHIR AWATI Dr. Karen Strauss, Environmental Engineer William Fremd High School Westinghouse Mr. Ajay Goyal, Environmental Engineer Sargent and Lundy The world is in an energy crisis. Rising carbon dioxide emissions, increasing energy costs, and a depletion in fossil fuel resources has caused the US to develop and utilize alternative forms of energy. There are a variety of options available, but the question is, which low polluting sources are viable for long-term use? This project delves into two of the possible sources, nuclear power and solar energy, and attempts to solve the problems associated with each. The work culminates with a recommendation to the US Department of Energy about making nuclear power safer to use, and the production of a home-made solar heat collector. (21) GREEN IS GOLD RESHMA SHAH Mr. Eric LeBlanc, Applied Technology Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School One of the many critical issues in the world today is global warming. This study focuses on sustainable living and housing, just one of the ways to improve the health of the Earth. See an eco- friendly model house made from actual green products such as insulation made from recycled jeans and roof shingles made from recycled rubber tires. (22) INSPIRING IMPRESSIONIST AND POP ARTISTS VICKI SHAH Mr. Juan Medina, Art Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School Impressionism Art has to do with capturing the image as one would see it in a quick glimpse. There is a greater need for focus on form versus detail in this type of art. In contrast, Popular Culture Art has a need to bring out bold colors and simplicity. This particular study focuses on rendering an Impressionistic painting with ideas from great Impressionist painters and recreating Popular Culture Art to bring back the 1960's and '70's groove in art! (23) FAME OR GLORY SEBASTIAN TYRKA Mrs. Pati Akerman, Academic Director Fashion Design William Fremd High School The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg Today‘s basketball athlete is faced with an unfortunate dilemma: shoes either cost too much or have no style, comfort, and safety. The consumer has to choose whether he wants to save some money or get the biggest bang for some serious buck. There have been some recent attempts to create a shoe that works out both of these problems, but these companies have failed. This is where F.O.G. basketball shoes come into play. F.O.G. basketball shoes are made for everyone, from the competitive player to the person looking for casual and comfortable shoes. Made for the average income, these shoes don‘t take any style, comfort, and safety from the game. This project unveils a marketing plan for the first F.O.G. model and a 3D replica of these newly designed shoes. (24) BEA: THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD BEA LEV Mrs. Anne Lewis, William Fremd High School Hanson Peters Nye Law Envision a teenage girl listening to her favorite music, shopping with friends, and going to high school. Ideally, such a woman would attend college once she graduates and, soon after, apply for a job in order to live independently. However, this is not the case for a developmentally disabled teenage girl. Though Illinois law allows her to stay in a high school setting until she reaches the age of 21, what happens after that? While many are stepping out into the world and breathing the first breath of freedom at age 21, this young woman will likely live at home or apply to a group home where, hopefully, she will be accepted. Her parents wonder if she will ever be hired for a job or have some purpose guiding her life. For Illinois residents, the situation is worse because Illinois ranks 50th out of the fifty states for funding for disabled adults. In this study, research regarding opportunities available to developmentally disabled adults was conducted in order to write a bill to benefit developmentally delayed adults in the state of Illinois. (25) WALKING WITH DOWN SYNDROME HAILEY ANDRESS Ms. Shari Andress, Developmental Therapist James B. Conant High School The early developmental stage of a child with Down Syndrome is the most important stage of their life. While a typical child learns to walk at around 12 months, a child with Down Syndrome walks around 24 months; one whole year later. While most kids with Down Syndrome are involved in physical therapy at a young age, many parents do not know how to properly aid their kids at home. Not only do they need help with knowing how to help, they also need ―fun‖ activities to motivate the child to want to participate. This book will make walking much easier for the child, and will show stress reduction in the life of the parent. (26) THE BOOK OF BASIL KATHRYN POTRATZ Ms. Christine Gaza, English Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School Ms. Alexandria Purgatorio, student James B. Conant High School Many children struggle with learning to read because it‘s little or no fun until you have learned the basics. This is a collection of children‘s stories, easy readers, to help children learn that reading can be fun, and to extend their vocabulary, and help them develop logic and reasoning skills to help them in school. There are two stories in this series so far and a companion book to accompany it. This companion book is titled ―The Basil Companion‖, and includes not only a list of the vocabulary words with their meanings, but simple activities to help them learn the words and retain the knowledge. The activities in the companion book include such things as crosswords, word searches, and word scrambles. (27) SCENT-SATIONAL LAURA PETTERSEN Ms. Susan Atchison, Certified Aromatherapist Palatine High School Self-Employed The sense of smell is the strongest of all the senses, but normally, the least utilized. To fully utilize the sense of smell, aromatherapy can be used to invigorate the body, relieve pain, alleviate tension, and care for the skin. Using essential oils, the sense of smell can be stimulated to its full advantage. Aroma is a therapeutic device. (28) RADICAL FURNITURE RENOVATION JENNA HERR Mrs. Grace Herr, Business Owner Palatine High School Grace Publications Furniture -- For centuries, man has been creating beautiful and ornate living pieces. But over the years, the magic of furniture ornamentation has been all but lost. Many people simply go to the store to purchase mass produced furniture, and don't transform their home furnishings into unique pieces of their own. Paint, stain, stamps, and brushes can make a world of difference to any piece of furniture. (29) BUT FIRST, WE FALL DOMINIK USAKIEWICZ Ms. Irena Dubiel, certified therapist William Fremd High School Heroism and courage, leadership and bravery: these are traits all people strive for in themselves, their friends, and their idols. However, there is the misguided belief that these traits are inherited, not earned. When we delve deeper into the heart of the issue, we find heroes are courageous only after overcoming great challenges and stress. In a world engrossed in finding quick fixes to all problems, there is no doubt that during times of great trauma people search for a magic pill to pull them out of their distress. However, one fact often overlooked is that these challenges actually help us mature. This project focuses on the belief that in order for humanity to grow, we must first fail; that all people fail; and, through analyzing our life experiences, we can use that knowledge to help others encountering similar challenges. Through research, interviews, surveys, and the creation of an interactive website, this project illustrates that in the midst of every challenge lies opportunity. (30) HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT AND CASE STUDY CONCERNING DEPRESSION PATRICK KAZMIERCZAK Ms. Kathy O'Dell, Student Services Department James B. Conant High School In today‘s economy, expensive medical procedures are often not a viable option when confronting clinical depression. In an attempt to stem the growing costs and side effects, many people are turning to homeopathic treatments. This study aims to create a treatment and education plan concerning homeopathy and depression, as well as a homeopathy study in modern medical format. (31) HOW WOULD YOU REACT? JACKIE GALLO Ms. Cindy Schwarz, Training Manager William Fremd High School Power Construction Humans are awkward, fake, crazy, and...predictable. Predicting their actions is helpful to advertisers, educators, salespeople, and just about anyone else who has to deal with people. In this study, multiple human behavior experiments were conducted and analyzed to help predict how people are likely to react to different situations. A wide range of experiments were conducted highlighting stereotypes, Myers-Briggs personality types, and perceived behavior vs. actual behavior. The results are documented in a short film. (32) AN INTRODUCTION TO VEGETARIANISM KRISTEN PRIETO Ms. Kassie Sykes, Family and Consumer Science Departm James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School Vegetarianism is a growing diet in today‘s world, but some people who are interested in the diet don‘t know where to start. The fact that the diet can become heavily reliant on vegetables is a turn-off for those who are particularly picky eaters. This project tackles both problems by creating a recipe book. The book contains recipes that are easily accessible to anyone interested in vegetarianism. It includes both non-vegetable recipes and vegetable recipes that are friendly to selective eaters. (33) A PREVENTABLE DEATH KATE LEWIS Dr. Melissa Crescenzo, Post Doctoral Resident William Fremd High School Advanced Behavioral Solutions Every forty seconds someone dies from suicide, the third leading cause of death amongst teenagers. Also, suicide rates have doubled in the past two decades. Obviously, something needs to be done to stop the rising popularity of this horrible choice. This project focuses on ways to educate students about suicide prevention and signs of depression, as well as raising suicide awareness. The approaches to solving this problem include brochures to give students a reference of information about suicide, and inviting and paying for a suicide prevention speaker. Payment for the speaker was all done through fundraising. (34) THE APPLICATION AND CONVENIENCE OF LASERS WILLIAM ANDREW RUTHE Mr. Wayne Oras, Jr., Applied Technology Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School Lasers are science's Swiss Army knife. They do everything from drill holes to correct sight and guide missiles. These optical devices are given little credit. This project provides research and demonstration on the usefulness and effectiveness of lasers in the 20th century. (35) THE BASS SATISFACTION ARJUN ARYA Mr. Al Payson, Retired Percussive Director William Fremd High School Chicago Symphony Orchestra Every individual is born with a natural rhythm in his soul. This beat controls the heart and guides the rhythm of one‘s life, but without this rhythm one would not be able to function. Through research into music theory and music analysis, this project works to entrance listeners‘ rhythm and make it stronger, faster and better. Jump into the bass experience, where the pounding of dance music will force one‘s body to synchronize itself with the beat, bringing upon an experience of euphoria one may have never experienced before. (36) WHAT DO YOU THINK? PRIYA K. PATEL Ms. Nicole Batsch, Director, Early Stage Services Hoffman Estates High School Alzheimer's Association The sixth leading cause of death in the United States today is Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association statistics approximate that 4.5 million Americans are currently living with the disease. By 2050, only 41 years from now, it is estimated that 11.3 to 16 million individuals will have Alzheimer's. This study revolves around understanding the disease - its causes, affects, treatment, and means of prevention. By becoming familiar with how the disease effects the brain at a cellular level, the ability to enhance the brain's powers to last longer can be more effective. Research provides the possibility to prevent this disease through awareness and advocating brain exercises to create a more brain- healthy society. (37) COOKING WITH MARYBETH MARYBETH PILTAVER Mrs. Kathy Risolvo, Technology Specialist/ Teacher James B. Conant High School School District 81 Have you ever turned on the food network and wondered to yourself, ―Why are all these shows about how to make complicated foods and they are all for adults?‖ That question is what this project focuses on; a children‘s cookbook and cooking show that step-by-step teaches the child how to cook nutritious, delicious foods that are fun to make. Recipes such as strawberry smoothies, pretzels, and banana bread were put into shows, teaching the children how to make the food item. A cookbook was made to accompany the show with nutritional value of the food. (38) CHILDREN OF THE DEPRESSION STEPHANIE RESIS Mr. Michael Bachrodt, Media Department William Fremd High School William Fremd High School We have all experienced the Recession of 2009, but have you ever wondered what life was like for people during the Great Depression? In my project, I captured the stories and memories of those who lived through the Great Depression. I interviewed and filmed people who lived through it to make a documentary. I am studying film-making and editing, and will be presenting my finished documentary at the Expo. (39) MIRACLE OF FLIGHT VISHAL PATEL Mr. Chris Bruce, Science Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School Mr. Eric LeBlanc, Applied Technology Department James B. Conant High School One of the major phenomena of this world is flight. The study of aerodynamics has allowed massive machines to travel through the air. The once seemingly impossible task of flight is now a common sight seen every day. However, many unseen forces are behind lifting a plane into the air and keeping it there. Using the forces of lift, drag, thrust, and gravity correctly this project‘s final product is a small scale glider that should be able to fly in normal conditions. (40) CREATION OF A CHINESE CURRICULUM KEVIN JUN Mrs. Samantha Dolen, Student Services Department James B. Conant High School Township High School District 211 Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language in the world today; however none of the schools in District 211 offer this program. This independent study looks at how the school system works, and how a curriculum can be rendered and changed to fit a certain region. This project is meant to create both a proposal for a curriculum and a finished product that has been made specifically for the District 211 area (41) DEATH BY DRUNK DRIVING: IT'S NOT AN ACCIDENT; IT'S A CHOICE. ELLIE GRAY Mrs. Suzy Koshy, Freelance Film and Video Editor William Fremd High School TimeCode Productions Auto collisions are the number one cause of death in young people today, and 25% of those crashes are caused by alcohol. Every year, thousands of people get behind the wheel after having ―just a few drinks,‖ thinking that they are fit to drive. And every year, thousands of people die or are crippled from this stupid decision. But what most people do not understand is the impact this choice has not only on your own life, but also on the lives of everyone around you. Watch a documentary of the compelling story of Josh Niggemann, a survivor of a drunk driving car crash, who, along with his family and friends, has to live with the dire consequences of his choice every single day. (42) KEEPING KIDS CURRENT ELLIE FINNERAN Mrs. Barbara Hagenberg, Teacher Schaumburg High School District 54 Ms. Jacquelin Settipani, Art Department Schaumburg High School Parents, are you tired of your kids watching the same senseless television shows day in and day out? My project is the idea of providing a fun, cartoon show for kids to watch. What makes this idea better than the cartoons of today? My project's show is a series about the current events happening in today's world. So kids, it's time to take a break. Say goodbye to Spongebob Squarepants; Barack Obama and the War on Terror are coming to town! (43) ABSTRACT CHESS PIECES STEVEN SKORA Mr. Alex Larson, Applied Technology Department Palatine High School Palatine High School Chess, the game of kings, has elicited countless different designs of chess pieces throughout its storied history. Over the last two centuries, however, chess pieces have become standardized and fewer unique sets are being created. Using the CAD program, chess pieces can be redesigned and then molded in plastic to revive this fast-fading art. (44) HAPPINESS IN A HOME JOANN BODUCH Mrs. Deb Burdsall, Infection Preventionist William Fremd High School Lutheran Home and Services Many times, families choose to put their elderly relatives in retirement homes as a way to allow for the continuing of a normal life as they age, along with some additional help. What‘s unfortunate is that sometimes, these relatives are neglected, or they do not get visited very often, which could lead to an ill-tempered resident at the home. This project focuses on the theory that by creating human interaction and meaningful conversations with the neglected elderly, an ill-tempered person can be permanently changed to a happier person. (45) THE GIFTED BOX PRIYANKA PATEL Mrs. Venus Gintowt, Retired Gifted Teacher Palatine High School Winston Campus and Sanborn Elementary Mr. Navraaz Basati, Film Maker Navraaz Kaur Productions, Inc. From feelings of isolation to exclusion, the emotional pangs a gifted child can feel remain a constant reminder that he/she is different. High IQ may be of little comfort to these children who need emotional nurturing. How are gifted learners best served in the public school environment? Through personal narratives of gifted children and interviews with teachers, "The Gifted Box" is a film that delves into those topics most dear to the hearts of gifted children. (46) DARFUR: THE SILENT GENOCIDE AMRUTA BHATT Mr. Sean Armstrong, Social Studies Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School Genocide is a growing concern in the world today, especially in the Darfur region of Sudan. Millions of innocent lives are being taken or displaced by hired assassins called the Janjaweed. Various actions have been taken by STAND (Students Against Genocide Coalition), a national organization, as well as the STAND Club at Hoffman Estates High School. This study focuses not only on the fundraising aspect of genocide, but also on spreading awareness in the community, creating events, and showing action taken of the STAND Club at HEHS. (47) THE POWER OF POLITICS: PROMOTING THE VOTING AKHIL NAMBIAR Mr. Jim Schwantz, Mayor-Elect William Fremd High School Palatine Mr. Terry Durkin, Lawyer and Political Strategist Politics: many think it‘s a game. However, it is actually the effort behind establishing a secure society. Yet, this security comes at a price. In a democratic country like ours, where people get to choose their leaders, millions of dollars and thousands of hours are invested in state and national elections. This project explores many different aspects of our political system—from learning about the diverse population of Palatine‘s 36 square miles, to campaigning for Palatine Mayor-Elect Jim Schwantz. In order to explore the creative and satirical side of politics, this project also has a music video parody of Barack Obama. (48) "CAN OF WORMS": UNDERSTANDING THROUGH MUSIC STEVEN LOGAN Mr. Steve Sivak, Music Department Palatine High School Palatine High School In the original musical "Can of Worms", a high school student struggles to find acceptance as his life spirals out of control. Written in response to recent events such as the tragedies at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech, this show hopes to change some perspectives and show people that this is our time for more understanding. (49) FILM EDITING: THE HEART & SOUL OF CINEMA JAKE BART Mrs. Karla Modelski, English Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School Noted film director Stanley Kubrick famously said that film editing was the only facet of movie making that made cinema an art. Editing a film is the process through which footage becomes a coherent story, and is ultimately a process of manipulation. Editing manipulates time, space, information, and ultimately emotion. This project focuses on investigating those manipulations with a specific focus on the montage theories of noted director and film theorist Sergei Eisenstein and his 1925 propaganda film Battleship Potemkin. (50) WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE: KEDAMONO LIZZY TUCKER Ms. Svetlana Chmakova, Manga Artist Palatine High School Mr. Addie Afable, Graphic Designer Artistic Dragon Studios No better combination exists in this world than that of artwork and the written word. With the new wave blend of United States and Japanese art techniques in nearly all recently published comics, the stories are expressed more fully using the best of both worlds. A blend of art and the written word, a mixture of the American graphic novel and the Japanese manga, a land where species clash and the fate of the world is left to a group of teenagers, all builds into one product. Kedamono, a tale in which nothing is what it seems. (51) FIVE DEGREES OF SEPARATION CLAIRE CINQUEGRANI Mrs. Laura Peppers, Freelance Editor Palatine High School Self-Employed Imagine a world where pirates roam the sea, dragons fly in the sky, and fairies dance in the forest. For as long as there has been language, there has been the art of storytelling. Follow the lives of five distinct characters through a collection of five illustrated flash fiction stories and become immersed in their world. (52) COMICS: MORE THAN SUPERHEROES VICTOR LUGO Mrs. Cynthia Surtz, Art Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School , How are iconic superheroes created? Comics are sequential drawings and graphics placed within a layout to express a story within the passage of time and space. Having derived from literature and art, comics have captivated readers since their first publication in the 20th century. This independent study explores the world of comics: its orgin, major influences, and future. (53) THE MUSICIAN'S HALL OF ROCK JACOB BELICA Mr. John Giovanonni, Owner Palatine High School The Music Room Mr. Stan Dolecki, Engineer The guitar is an instrument played over the ages, attracting many fans and eventually becoming the most popular instrument in the world. From AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi and Metallica, guitarists have flooded the history of rock music. My personal goal as a budding amateur is to shred my guitar on stage. (54) ANIMATIONS: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE KYLE DRESSLER Mr. Kevin Beers, Art Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School Animating has become less and less complicated throughout the years. The overall process has drastically shortened due to advancements in technology. Which is then actually better? At what point should one tear the process down to a bare minimum in order to crank out more projects? When it comes down to it, which should it be - quality or quantity? (55) VIVA LA PIANO JAMES YANG Mrs. Saori Higuchi-Tomuia D.M., Doctor of Art in Music William Fremd High School Sakura Enterprises Incorporated Music communicates a specific idea, feeling, or passion. Different instruments generate different sounds and effects. Because of this, many songs were never meant to be played on a piano. Doing so changes the entire meaning of the song. I have embarked on a journey to write piano covers, which accurately articulate the intended emotions of the piece, out of these songs. Ear training, learning music theory, and working with tough rhythms are a few of the challenges I faced. Through aching eyes, sleep deprivation, loss of hearing, and sore fingers, I have constructed piano covers for popular music today. I will be performing Apologize by One Republic, Forever by Chris Brown, and Troublemaker by Akon. Hear the tale of my struggle and the fruits of my hard work. What are you waiting for? Come have a good time. Sheet music and refreshments are available. (56) DANCING ON PAPER JENNIFER MARGONO Mrs. Sheila Marion, Director of Dance Notation Bureau Palatine High School Ohio State University Ms. Laura Gates, Ballet Mistress Thodos Dance Chicago For over 500 years, people have tried to notate and write down their dances, including the ancient Egyptians who recorded dances in hieroglyphics. Labanotation uses symbols to analyze and write down human movement and dance on paper. This rare art form‘s intricate connection between symbols and dance marries beautifully with original dance choreography. An original dance solo has been choreographed and notated using Labanotation. (57) THE NEW CONANT FILM CLUB CORY MAHLER Mr. Justin Bickus, Art Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School In today‘s world of technology and instant communication it has become possible for anyone to make a movie. Unfortunately this means that most of the amateur films that are made have become more and more like Americas funniest home videos and less like real films. Conant Film Club tries to solve this problem by supplying members of the club with more than just windows movie maker and a handi-cam. The creation of the Film Club allows the students involved to have access to multi track film editing programs, cameras, tripods and various other bits of effective D.I.Y equipment and props to make their visions come to life. (58) POSESS YOUR POTENTIAL: A GUIDE TO HELP TEENS PERFORM BETTER MENTALLY MATT RAJEWSKI Mrs. Kathryn O'Dell, Student Services Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School Being a teenager today is not easy. Teens constantly struggle with test taking, concentrating, staying alert, and focusing, and critical thinking. The cause of all these struggles relates to the teenage brain. This guide is aimed to help teens by giving them information and advice about how they can improve mental performance. The topics analyzed in the guide are the effects of stress, music, media, diet, drugs, sleep, and exercise on the teenage mentality. (59) ALL STITCHED UP EMILY SMITH Ms. Suzanne Lantz, Knitting Enthusiast Palatine High School From the fair isle of Scotland to the colorful cotton of Egypt to the twisted stitches of the Shakers, diverse forms of knitting have been around for centuries. Research, hard work, and a lot of advice have led to the creation of a sweater that fuses many of these types of knitting styles into a wearable garment. (60) RESISTANCE KIRSTEN BERGSTROM Mr. Henry Gee, Senior Editor Schaumburg High School Nature Magazine Mr. Jason Campbell, Science Department Schaumburg High School Pamphlets don't influence people. Cold, hard fact doesn't appeal to the public. In order to really get the public's attention, one must tug gently on the heartstrings. In this project, the danger of antibiotic resistant bacteria is incorporated into a short story with a teeming cast of characters designed to meet you, greet you, and break your heart for a more appealing look into science. (61) FOREIGN STUDIES CHRISTINE GAO Ms. Li Lu, Teacher William Fremd High School Ogden Elementary Dr. Steven Resis, Psychiatrist, MD Perakis Resis Woods and Associates School is something that we can all relate to; whether it‘s stories of spending time with your friends, late night cramming before finals, or letting your eyes glaze over as you listen to your teacher lecture on stoichiometry of reactions and titration methods. No matter how we look at it, education plays a vital role in a student‘s growth and development. However, is it possible for school to be detrimental to the mental health of its students? A look into the different schooling systems of five countries, including the U.S., compares and contrasts the various ways students learn the information expected of them and whether or not the work load and stress levels effect their mental health and morale. (62) ALGAE: FUELING THE FUTURE KATIE CHEN Dr. Maureen Bricker, Senior R&D Associate William Fremd High School UOP Out of fear for global warming, people all over the world are searching for a viable fuel alternative to cut down on carbon emissions. One most ingenious source of fuel comes from algae, a promising organism with high oil content and fast growth rates. This project will explore current methods to make algae fuel and will culminate in a student-produced sample of oil. (63) THE OPTIMAL HEDGE FUND STRATEGY FOR THE BEAR MARKET ROHAN RAO Mr. Gregory Gillette, Social Studies Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School The economy has become a big issue in our time, with the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage industry, and the recession, investing has been made more difficult. The strategies used by hedge funds to obtain their returns have been rendered useless, and because of this, the need for a new strategy is growing. A large portion of hedge funds have been unable to cope with this change in the markets. This project involves the creation of an investment strategy whose focus will be on investments made in newer markets such as: ―green‖ markets and newer, emerging markets. (64) WRITE RIGHT ELLEN HANES Mrs. Deborah Ripoli, Teacher James B. Conant High School St. Hubert School Left-handers make up only 10% of the entire population of the world. Those who are left handed need special attention when learning to write, otherwise there can be unwanted side effects later in life. Many students are not taught the correct way to: sit, hold a pencil, or position their hand, mainly because most of their teachers were right handed when they were taught in elementary school. The goal of the pamphlet is to help parents and teachers instruct left handed children the way to write comfortably and correctly throughout their lives. (65) BUILDING AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR FROM SCRATCH KEVIN D'SOUZA Mr. Jim Worland, Instrument Builder William Fremd High School Worland Guitars Guitar building is an art that requires a great amount of practice and patience. For my gifted project, I decided to delve into this art and build an acoustic guitar from scratch. To do this, I had to buy the supplies from a guitar building company, cut the wood, and finally, with the expertise of my mentor, build the guitar. Also included in this project is research on sound and different types of wood used in guitar building. (66) REDEFINING SYMMETRY ALWINA LIU Dr. Ezra Getzler, Professor William Fremd High School Northwestern University Symmetry is an idea that we all know about; if you fold something in half and the two parts are the same, we understand that it is symmetrical. I have been exploring and will explain a new definition of symmetry, focusing on the symmetry of three-dimensional shapes. (67) LIFE HAPPENS JESSICA PABLO Mr. Michael Bellito, English Teacher Hoffman Estates High School Harper College A single thought can grow and grow into an idea. The idea creates a plot, which in turn becomes a story. Onto the paper, words are written and form a novel. Through hard work and hours upon hours of writing and rewriting, the novel finally is completed. A simple scene grew into the story of Aeriel Reyes, a girl waking up from a coma of ten years. Heartbroken and distraught, Aeriel has to restart her high school life in the novel, LIFE HAPPENS. (68) VIEWSCREEN TABLET COURTNEY WINTERS Mr. Eric LeBlanc, Applied Technology Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School One of the problems in the world of art is the differences between computer generated and hand drawn art. The invention of the tablet, a device we can plug into the USB drives of our computers and use to draw digital art is nice but it brought up unnecessary problems. The screen on the tablet was black or another dark color and what appeared on your computer screen didn‘t appear on your tablet. My project is an attempt to rectify those issues by making the tablets larger, adding a touch screen to these devices, and attempting to make them solar powered; all while having an eye catching design. (69) RACE FOR SINCERE HEARTS 5K VICTORIA MORONEY Mr. Tim Larson, Manager William Fremd High School Running Unlimited Fundraising is a multi-million dollar business, and charity races have become central to fundraising money for causes that help out those less fortunate. The Race for Sincere Hearts is one of these charity races, benefiting the Baan Jing Jai Children‘s Home in Pattaya, Thailand. This project focused on the organization, advertising, and extensive planning it takes to make a race come together, and encompasses areas such as getting race sponsors, applying for permits and insurance, and getting people involved in the event. The Race for Sincere Hearts was run May 16th in Deer Grove East Forest Preserve. (70) PICTURESQUE POTTERY ELIZABETH BOMBAL Mr. John Blackwood, Instructor Palatine High School Positive Strokes Art Studio Ms. Karen Lange, Art Department Palatine High School Pottery is a unique art that dates back to about 6000 to 4000 BCE when the first known potter's wheel was invented. Since then, artists have been fascinated with different techniques for throwing and decorating their pieces. Some of the techniques demonstrated include sgraffito, carving, and even adding clay onto vessels. (71) HOME SWEET HOME RAVI BAROT Mr. Allan Hausfeld, Applied Technology Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School There are over 160 million houses across the United States. Each house creates a personal zone for families, but the fact is that every single house is unique and different. This study focuses on designing a house and going through the steps to create it. The project includes designing, creating, and financing a home. The study also incorporates how to create an environmentally friendly home. (72) GOLF COURSE DESIGN BRIAN GEBHARDT Mr. Cary Cavitt, Golf Pro James B. Conant High School Twin Lakes Golf Course One of America‘s most cherished past times is spending a relaxing day on the golf course wearing attractive plaid shorts. An extreme amount of concentration goes into making the perfect shot, yet no attention is paid to the planning and detail that has gone into the design and construction of the course. Many different aspects of the course such as distance, grass type, green location, and hazards have been the main focus of this research. The result is an 18-hole golf course that utilizes these design elements in order to be on par with the top golf courses in Illinois. (73) HELPING HANDS AT KIMBALL HILL ASHA BAZIL Mrs. Carol Skoog, Teacher William Fremd High School Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Being a kid is tough. Especially if you‘re having trouble in school. I wanted to use my project to help struggling children in our community, so I started a peer-tutoring program in which Fremd students tutored children at Kimball Hill Elementary School. I organized volunteers from Fremd, and the teachers at Kimball Hill found students that needed some extra help. Come check out how much fun we had helping the kids at Kimball Hill, and see why we can‘t wait to continue next year. (74) CREATING CREATIVE MUSICIANS JEREMY DETZNER Mr. Mathew Wiley, Student Services Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School Music is an important part of life, but in order to have music there needs to be musicians. But what use are these musicians when all they can do is play something that someone else made up? The cause of this problem are the methods people are taught through, which are designed to create musicians that get everything right, but leave them no room for creativity. The focus of this project was to create a method designed to make creative instrumentalists, and then to test it out on a guitar student. (75) KICKS AND TRICKS: PSYCHE SURROUNDING THE HOUND LISA TOMLINSON Mr. Alex Rothacker, Police Dog Trainer Palatine High School TOPS Kennel in Grayslake The loyalty of the dog appealed to man long before the invention of verbal communication. These two vastly different species have lived in symbiosis since the age of fire, stone and sticks. Now, an in-depth look at the innate connection between man and canine and the other-worldly strength it breeds. (76) MIDNIGHT BLOOM KRUPA PATEL Mr. Kevin Beers, Art Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School Digital art, although not well known by name, is seen virtually everywhere - bulletin boards, magazine and book covers, business cards, and even commercials. This underappreciated art form is gradually becoming more and more evident in everyday life. Many people recognize digital art as solely through a program called Adobe Photoshop, but professionals combine a variety of programs to create their art. This project entails creating digital art, starting a business, and transforming that art into merchandise. (77) CAN YOU TASTE THE DIFFERENCE? TAYLOR HARDING Mrs. Erika Varela, Family and Consumer Science Departm Palatine High School Palatine High School Brownies are delicious, but what about all those unhealthy ingredients that go into making them? High fat, cups of sugar, and countless calories decrease the nutritional value of our favorite treats. There are ways, however, to mimic the outstanding taste of desserts while increasing their health value. Taste healthy versions of popular treats and ask yourself, "Can you taste the difference?" (78) HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS EIFTU HAILE Mr. Ron Freeman, Board of Directors Hoffman Estates High School HOPE Center A major problem that causes extreme anxiety and unease for Americans in this day and age is the fear of losing their home. Now, while most people don't have to worry about it, in a country where almost 60% of the people are one paycheck away from being homeless, the worry is still inevitably there. This study focuses on the current homeless and how an organization like Journeys from PADS to HOPE continues to try and relieve the anxiety of Americans, slowly but surely. (79) SMALL AREA, BIG IMPACT ANILA VARUGHESE Mr. Eric Leblanc, Applied Technology Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School There are millions of people around the world with no roof over their heads. This study focuses on creating an affordable, sturdy house that maximizes the use of square footage and materials. This house includes different aspects such as removable walls, and fold out beds. See a miniature model of the house and various sketches used in the design process. (80) FASHION FOR FANDOM LINDSEY DOUGHERTY Mrs. Christina Ordonez, English Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School A revolution has started amongst society's underground anime and sci-fi fans. They've stopped hiding in their parent's basements and have started dressing as their favorite anime and game characters. This new art form/sub-culture is called cosplay. This study is not only about cosplay but the people who are in this sub-culture. (81) HOOPS FOR HOPE JERMAINE MCDONALD Mr. Bill Wandro, Business Education Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School Sickle Cell Anemia affects many people in the world. Sickle Cell Anemia is a life-long blood disorder characterized by red blood cells that assume an abnormal, rigid, C shape. The sickling occurs because of a mutation in the hemogloblin gene. Life expectancy is shortened, people with the disease usually live up to age 48 on average. This study focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of having sickle cell anemia, while at the same time helping the Sickle Cell Anemia Association raise money to find a cure - using the game of basketball. (82) THE BEAR AND THE RISING SUN: A STUDY IN ECONOMICS MATTHEW WEHMEIER Ms. Elizabeth Howard, Social Studies Department Schaumburg High School Schaumburg High School Japan during the 1970's and 80's was widely regarded as one of the most successful economies in Southeast Asia, if not the world. Romania is a relatively backwards nation struggling with a high unemployment rate and an incredible amount of corruption. My project focuses on creating an economic plan based on what worked in Postwar Japan and combining it with other sources and my own innovations. This plan sets out to revitalize the troubled economy that is Romania, and ensure that it can stay afloat in the tough times ahead. (83) 3, 2, 1...TAKE OFF! KAVYA KARTIK Mr. Gene Zerega, President Palatine High School Blue Max R/C Flying Club Mr. Mark Hibner, Applied Technology Department Palatine High School The earliest known examples of radio-controlled (R/C) aircrafts were hydrogen-filled model airships of the late 19th century. The main purpose of the aeromodeling hobby is to build and fly scale aircraft models for competition and personal enjoyment. I built a model aircraft using styrofoam. Combining radio techniques and reverse engineering I have a lightweight and easy to fly model aptly called the "Bumblebee". (84) LESSONS FOR LIFE JOSEPH LYNN Mr. Juan Oshiro, Sensei Hoffman Estates High School Illinois Shotokan Karate Club Every sixty seconds, a violent crime is committed in America. By learning self-defense, victims can defend themselves and prevent injury or even death. This study focuses on teaching a self-defense class. It analyzes effective methods of reaching students along with the most realistic form of self- defense for high school students. (85) THE BUILDING OF BOWS SAMUEL JEFFERSON Palatine High School For thousands of years, humans have used wooden bows for hunting, fighting, and recreation. Now, they are being increasingly replaced by bows and arrows made from fiberglass and aluminum. Take a step back in time and find out what it takes to make a working bow from scratch. (86) BUILDING AN ACCURATE TREBUCHET KEVIN MCCALL Mr. Alex Larson, Applied Technology Department Palatine High School Palatine High School Mr. Chris Gunsteen, Applied Technology Department Palatine High School The trebuchet is a very misunderstood weapon. These weapons are powerful, more so than generally assumed. And even better than power, they are accurate. It's target practice time for my personally designed and built trebuchet. (87) WHAT DO YOU SEE? NILAM PATEL Dr. Hrynewycz, Optometrist Hoffman Estates High School Global Optical "The eyes are the windows of one's soul." They enable us to see the world around us. Without taking care of them, one can end up with many eye problems. Not maintaining one's vision can cause everything from macular degeneration to dry eye to potential blindness. People think that eating carrots is the only way to improve their vision, but there are many diverse ways. This project involves using diet and exercise to help improve eyesight and the different part os the eye. (88) INSIDE THE MIND OF A KILLER LAUREN WELLER Dr. Wayne Johnson, Professor William Fremd High School Harper College Everything we say and everything we do leaves little clues about who we are as a person. Based on this school of thought and using a technique called profiling, I have compiled a rough sketch of what I believe a killer‘s characteristics and personality are based on how they carry out their crimes. Focusing largely on the differences between organized and disorganized killers, I have created profiles of various killers that fall under each category. Come and see what it‘s like on the inside of a killer‘s mind. (89) FORGING A SWORD JARED DENNISON Mr. Robert Rossdeutscher, Journeysmith Palatine High School RNR Knives Forging is the process of strengthening and shaping a piece of metal into a blade. Forging is the traditional method of creating a blade. This method includes heating the metal in a furnace to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and then using hammers to shape, strengthen and stretch the blade. Filing the blade is the final step before the handle and the crossguard are added. (90) FROM FUR TO FEATHERS PRIYA I. PATEL Ms. Anna Friedman, Hoffman Estates High School Anderson Animal Shelter Dogs are the most commonly trained domestic animals in America today. The methods to training them are foolproof and can be used for almost any other animcal as well. All types of birds, from parakeets to cockatiel, have been trained with said techniques. They have become capable of successful human interaction and can do almost any trick they are taught. This project focuses on the methods connected with training dogs and just how successful they can be with parakeets. (91) TRANSLATED EDUCATION MOEKO KOMODA Mrs. Megumi Shibano, Adjunct Professor of Japanese-Eng William Fremd High School MIIS Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation In our global society, most everything must be translated into multiple languages. Yet, when people think of translation, they think of businesses or books. However, children can also learn to translate. Studies show that kids learn best visually, through TV shows, movies, etc. This project created an educational puppet show in Japanese and subtitled it in English to assist preschool students at Futabakai Japanese School learn to speak another language and translate text. (92) CAN YOU PREDICT THE FUTURE? VISHWA SHAH Mr. Bill Helzer, Social Studies Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School Several ancient civilizations have predicted deadly events that have somehow, incredibly come true. Many of these prophecies have already happened, many are in the process right now, and many have not happened yet. The use of some unknown, primitive technology to foresee the future and predict major global catastrophes that have actually come true shake the minds of historians all around the world. No one has any idea how, when, and why these events are predicted. This study focuses on the prophecies of a few Latin American and European civilizations, and it specifically answers the questions that dumbfound people today. (93) WHAT'S YOUR STORY? MADELEINE THOMAS Mr. Allen Paul, English Department Palatine High School Palatine High School What does it take to create and then publish an original story idea from the moment of its conception to the final print? It takes up every minute of spare time -- for researching, writing, re-writing, editing, revising, consulting and proofing. Repeat. Follow the progress of an aspiring young author experiencing the ups and downs of writing and self-publishing a book. (94) MY KINGDOM FOR A HORSE CLAIRE KAPLAN Ms. Dale Kaplan-Stein, DVM Hoffman Estates High School In 2005, the story was told of horse slaughter, 'America's Dirty Little Secret' as named by critics. In 2007, America's slaughterhouses were shut down. The story that you don't know is that of horse slaughter today. The nation now deals with the onslaught of thousands of 'unwanted' horses, as well as an underground horse slaughter market. This project exposes the little known truth about horse slaughter today. (95) COUNQUERING DEPRESSION THROUGH THOUGHT AND NATURAL REMEDIES MARK DABLER Mr. Dan Detzner, Student Services Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School Dr. Dean Patelko, Counselor Ministry/Private Counseling Much has been done in the area of depression over the past ten years. Advances in medicine have made treating depression much more effective, but it seems to be aimed more at clinical depression rather than situational depression. My goal is to give people the tools to overcome situational depression and get back on track to a normal life without using prescription drugs. To do this I have developed a method of treatment that will give the person full control of there thoughts and use natural remedies to balance any slight chemical imbalances. ! (96) PHYSICAL MEDICINE SEAN MCGARRY Mrs. Yvonne Gagliano, D.P.T. Hoffman Estates High School Advanced Physical Medicine and Rehab. The current world record for the 1600 meter run is 3:43:13, set in 1999 in Rome. Runners as a whole are pushing themselves harder and harder, resulting in faster times and, unfortunately, more injuries. There has never been a greater need for individuals qualified to diagnose and heal physical injuries. This study focues on the complexity of the human body, how it works as a whole, and what happens when it doesn't work - as well as the healing and prevention of further injuries through stretches and exercises. (97) CREATIVE CLAY COLLECTION ALISON REED Ms. Karen Lange, Art Department Palatine High School Palatine High School Creating art from clay is one of our oldest art forms. Clay can be used in a multitude of ways to fashion anything from cooking vessels to vases to sculptured objects of art. Working with clay is a great way to relieve stress and provides a creative outlet for individual expression. (98) CREATE, CONVERSE, CONVALESCE CHANDNI PATEL Mrs. Valerie Milholland, Instructor of Art Therapy Schaumburg High School University of Evansville Mrs. Cindy Dvorak, Social Studies Department Schaumburg High School Art therapy is used to treat patients ailing from many different illnesses, ranging from cancer to trauma. It is a fun and creative activity, art, combined with therapy, a healing constructive process. Create, converse, convalesce is about the creation of two new art interventions for teens and kids and the explanation of how art therapy benefits the brain. (99) WHERE DID ALL THE ANIMALS GO? CHRISTINA BALWIERZ Mrs. Lindsay Nustra Karnats, Art Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School Each day more and more names of animals are being added to the endangered species list. Human action, whether it be polluting the environment or purchasing fur clothing, has much to do with the dwindling animal population. Every action we take regarding the environment and nature affects these animals. Learn what we can do to help make the world a more animal-friendly place, and petition the government to step in and do the same. (100) DRIVING THE BUSINESS CLASS DAVID VORICK Mr. Ian Andrews, CEO William Fremd High School Original Games The primary item driving businesses today is marketing. To attract customers, businesses need to let people know their products/services exist. One of these ways is through web advertising. This project attempts to create a website that serves as a middle man between the advertiser and the website that will be hosting the ads. While visual appeal is important for attracting customers, more important is security and functionality. This project focuses more on learning the security measures and the functionality than on the website itself. To build this site, the scripting languages used include XHTML, Apache, Php, and Ajax. (101) CSI: CHICAGO KENDALL COX Mr. Bill Heche, CSI Technician Palatine High School Palatine Police Department What exactly happens when someone witnesses a crime? The police are called, but then what do they do? They send out a group of CSI technicians and detectives to survey the crime scene. Crime scene investigation is an incredibly complicated, but fascinating process to learn and observe. (102) BOWL FOR OCD KAILEY SCHLOSSER Ms. Ellen Sawyer, Hoffman Estates High School OCD Chicago Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a threat to every human being, regardless of gender or age. People often suffer in silence, not letting anyone know how much anxiety they have. Through fundraising and awareness, people can get the word out and possibly find a cure. An affiliate of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation is OCD Chicago, which aids the foundation in awareness and fundraising. A bowl-a-thon is a great way to create this awareness and raise money for a great cause. (103) WALKING THE LINE SCOTT DURAND Mr. Bruce Hildabrand, Social Studies Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School Music has helped shape civilization since the beginning, but just how much of an impact does modern music have on our society? This study aims to answer that question by comparing a timeline of cultural movers and shakers with the popular music of the day. The ―chicken or the egg‖ question of what comes first, a change in music, or a change in society, has been left unanswered for years. This study will change that. (104) SHOOTING FOR THE STARS ISHA PARIKH Mrs. Rose Marie Mincey, Fifth Grade Teacher Hoffman Estates High School Albert Einstein Elementary School "I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done." -Marie Curie Fame, power, greed, selfishness--these have taken over individuals. Instead of achieving goals and living a selfless life, people seem to merely care for materialistic possessions. This project is about the journey taken during the past semester to realize it is time for people to act on their dreams and change the world. It is a combination of documented interviews with various people about their lives, dreams, and accomplishments as well as conquering internal conflicts to see if the world could once again be restored to glory. As Mikhail Gorbachev once said, "If not now, when? If not me, who?" (105) RELAYS OF PERFECTION TAYLOR GRAHAM Mr. Bob Borczak, Head Girl's Track Coach James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School Come and learn about the sport that made way for all other sports; the sport that started long, long ago in ancient Greece and Rome: Track! This project compares and contrasts the different techniques for running sprints and relays. You will see people running drills to help any relay runner become better. The finished product is a brand new relay with all the individualized starting, running, and hand-off techniques run by none other than the track girls from Conant High School! (106) THE BOOGIE MAN IS REAL! PARTH SONI Mr. Matthew Dowd, Social Studies Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School It is a belief of many young children that the Boogie Man is actually hiding under their beds. Kids do not think rationally and are afraid of scary monsters we adults consider absurd. What we fail to remember is that we were children once, too, and that we were also afraid of those same monsters. Using modern psychology, this study focuses on why children have irrational fears and what adults can do to help reduce the anxiety of their children. (107) THE WORLD THROUGH MY EYES: POLITICAL CARTOONS OF 2008 AND 2009 JOHN RIZNER Mr. Frank Ahern, Artist William Fremd High School Since the birth of the printing press, political cartoons have critiqued societal issues. Through the use of editorial cartoons, the artist is able to educate his audience on his particular social views. In fact, political cartoons have acted as catalysts for historical events, such as the French Revolution of 1789, the American Revolution of 1776, and the European Turmoil of 1830 and 1848. Contemporary affairs, such as the Presidential election of Barack Obama, the incidents at the most recent summer olympics, and the scandals of Rod Blagojevich have been criticized and made accessible for the public via political cartoons. In this project, the entire process of editorial cartoon creation has been researched and analyzed, concluding in a series of editorial cartoons commenting on social, political, and economic events of 2008 and 2009. (108) MULTIPURPOSE STADIUM DESIGN BRANDON CHIC Mr. Eric LeBlanc, Applied Technology Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School Any professional sports event is dependent upon the architectural style and management of the stadium in which it takes place. To be able to hold any type of spectator event, a stadium must first be designed and built, and a plan must also be created in order to keep the operations of the building running smoothly. This study focuses on the architectural design of a Chicago-based multipurpose stadium as well as the elements necessary in order to successfully manage the stadium‘s operations. (109) THE CARS OF TOMORROW TEJAS PARMAR Mr. John Collins, Media Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School One of the biggest problems we face today is pollution. Cars are one of the factors that cause pollution. Each and every day engineers try to come up with different ways to make a better car that doesn't leave a carbon footprint on this planet. This project focuses on the evolution of cars and how they are getting better and greener. (110) SWITCHING TO SWITCHGRASS CHRISTIANA KIM Dr. David Bransby, Professor of Agronomy Schaumburg High School Auburn University Mrs. Kristen Favia, Science Department Schaumburg High School This project is about alternative fuel sources to power our society. I am focusing primarily on biodiesel, such as switchgrass, in modern automobiles. Switchgrass grows fast, uses the entire plant, and would prove to be a better investment than corn ethanol. It would aid our world if transportation relied more on biodiesel, and less on foreign oil, because it is both more efficient and it emits less carbon into the atmosphere. Environmental and economical, biodiesal has the potential to fuel America. (111) THE LITTLE GREEN DRESS PROJECT NEHA KUMAR Ms. Jessica Ecker, Family and Consumer Science Depar Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School Every year, each American throws away approximately 68 pounds of clothing! Much of this clothing is deposited in landfills where it will sit forever. Contrary to popular belief, synthetic materials like nylon and polyester are actually not biodegradable and can be reused over and over again. The focus of this project is to make new clothes,from old and inexpensive materials,and then sell them at a discount. (112) SOCCER WITHOUT SOUND SEAN KNIPPEN Mrs. Marie Turcsany, Web Designer William Fremd High School Free Lance Deaf. Hard-of-Hearing. People hear these terms and have complete ignorance about the topic. Hearing people often view deaf people as inferior. I have two deaf aunts and two deaf uncles. I know by firsthand experience that they are completely capable of living without hearing. Occasionally it even becomes an advantage. For my project I worked with some of my deaf relatives to create a deaf adult soccer team that will compete in tournaments all around the U.S. (113) WHAT TO DO WITH A WORLD FULL OF PEOPLE? CHERYL HALAS Schaumburg High School , (114) DESIGNING AND CONSTRUCTING A SNOWBOARD MATT WARDA Ms. Nicole Poull, Snowboard Instructor Hoffman Estates High School Snowboarding is the fastest growing sport in the United States today. Snowboarding is simply using a board to ride down a slope. Many people do not know what goes into making such a product. A snowboard may seem very simple to build, but it is quite complicated. This study focuses on the specifications, design, and actual construction of a snowboard. (115) CONANT ART CRITIQUE KAILEE PASBRIG Mr. Paul Kim, Applied Technology Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School Looking at several photographers from the area such as Art Shay among others, they all had an official area, website, or space to display their work. At Conant, students with an interest to pursue art lacked this. So for this project, the focus was to create a computer medium for those students wanting to display their work. The goal of this website is not only for students in the art program, but for any student interested in sharing art. Hopefully from this website, aspiring artists will get recognized in the community. (116) THE TOXIN DIOXIN KAHAEL LANGE Mr. Michael Denison, Science Department Schaumburg High School Space for landfills are running out quickly. The main problem of burning trash is a deadly toxin called dioxin that's released through combustion. My project proposes that we solidify the dioxins that are formed (in a contained environment), and expose the danger of civilians burning trash at the same time. (117) AFTER SCHOOL ACCEPTANCE KATIE SCOVIC Ms. Erin Lindstrom, English Department Palatine High School Palatine High School From art and music to clothing and hairstyles, high school students are constantly seeking ways to express themselves. For those seeking a means of self-expression, writing poetry has so much to offer. By applying knowledge of the various types of poetry into a compilation of poems written about high school, a beneficial method of self-expression results, with hope that it will inspire others to seek poetry as a positive means of expression. (118) A JOURNEY THROUGH SONG CATHERINE SWAN Mr. Michael Benshish, Music Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School The largest entertainment industry in America is that of Music. Grammys, #1 hits, and chart-topping records mark achievement in this area. This project discovers the process behind creating a song and making it ready to appear on a CD. (119) GIARDINO ITALIANO: FAMILGIA MANGIARE PARTH PATEL Ms. Kellie Barnes, Business Education Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School The age of family dining comes to an end as children become teens. Dining out is a great solution that many overlook. Recent studies have shown that teens love eating out, and it is their favorite thing to do with their family. Giardino Italiano: Familgia Mangiare is the new restaurant in town that is all about family. It offers great food at inexpensive prices, as well as a ―home‖ atmosphere that welcomes all. My final product includes a business plan that includes a market strategy, and financials. Also being displayed at the expo will be a sample menu, along with floor plans of the restaurant. (120) LANDMINES: A DEADLY INHERITANCE JUSTIN CHEN Mr. Raymundo Galarza, Student Services Department Schaumburg High School Schaumburg High School Mr. Michael Celvi, Landmines kill and maim thousands of people in Africa a year, while starvation and malnutrition kill millions more. One hundred and ten landmines stil lay buried in the ground, especially in Africa. Landmine detection has been slow to develop; current landmine detection and destruction processes are slow and ineffective. This project seeks to build an eco-friendly robot that can detect and destroy landmines in Africa while planting wheat seeds at the same time. (121) HIGH-SPEED RAIL IN THE UNITED STATES BRIAN STONE Mr. Kevin Mogge, Special Education Department James B. Conant High School James B. Conant High School The United States is lagging behind in high-speed rail technology and infrastructure, as compared to major European countries, where high-speed rail is highly successful. By focusing on specific areas of the US where high-speed rail can be successful and competitive, transportation in that region can be substantially upgraded. This project compares the different regions to determine which would be the best suited to high-speed rail, and develops a plan to implement high-speed rail in that region. (122) PEER COUNSELING IN HOFFMAN ESTATES HIGH SCHOOL UMER REHMAN Mr. Andres Acosta, Student Services Department Hoffman Estates High School Hoffman Estates High School Peer Associated Student Solutions, or P.A.S.S., is a counseling service dedicated to bringing understanding and assistance to teenagers through teenagers. P.A.S.S. will be a 'teen support group' led by teens but assisted (and overviewed) by the certified counselors at Hoffman Estates High School. It is designed specifically for teens to advise teens with common (and eventually, specific) problems facing today's youth. Such problems might include: relationships, homework, drug/substance abuse, family issues, etc. Currently the program is in developing stages and will be initiated in the 2009-2010 school year at HEHS. (123) REWIND AND REMAKE EDDIE CHONG Ms. Kimberly Shade, Art Department Schaumburg High School Schaumburg High School Ms. Izumi Kasai, Photographer Major and classical pieces of art are slowly dying away from the lack of interest shown in the younger generation. One of the few mediums that is growing today is photography. What I plan to do is recreate major pieces of art and modernize them with my own personal touch. I hope that this will spark a interest back into the arts and hopefully raise awareness of the arts. (124) ALL AMERICAN, OR NOT MATT TURNER Mr. John Ulrich, Basketball Coach William Fremd High School Immanuel Lutheran School Since the game of basketball‘s origins, there has been a misconception about how players of all levels have been rated in skill. Basketball players that are renowned scorers, rebounders, or assisters almost always are considered to be the best players on the court. Contrary to common belief, this is not true, there are other factors that can make a player ―good.‖ My project was to create a basketball player rating system that accurately displays how ―good‖ a player is at basketball that does not only include the usual points, rebounds, and assists standards. Using this system, player‘s importance to a team can be measured and the best players can be easily identified.