Tuesday, July 31, 2012

HPHS Students Leave For Scotland

Highland Park High School students who wrote and produced a play about their school are on their way to Scotland to perform the play at the world famous Fringe Festival in Scotland.  The ten students and four adults left Highland Park this morning.    Parents, the HPHS cheerleaders, HPHS staff and district staff were on hand to send them off.  “This has been a miraculous journey,” said Highland Park Principal Beryl New.  “When we got the invitation, we had a lot of hope, had a lot of faith, but we didn’t have a lot of money.  The money came and we are so happy for them and proud of them.”
The students held numerous fundraisers in order to make the trip possible.   The word thanks was mentioned several times this morning.  “This time last year this was just a dream,” said senior Spenser Johnson.  “It was all a blessing through the community and alumni support.  We are so thankful.”  Scott Kickhaefer, head of the Highland Park High School Theater, said “It has been a very hectic year, but they (the students) are ready.”
After a short stay in London for sightseeing and a workshop with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the group will head to Edinburgh, Scotland, where they will present their play on August 7th.