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Saturday, April 28, 2018
Illinois State University, DeGarmo Hall, Normal, IL


The 2018 Summer Splash is scheduled for August 1st!

Mark your calendars, details coming soon!

Newly Designated:

  • Olympia Middle School. Stanford, IL
  • Stevenson Middle School. Melrose Park, IL


  • Emerson Middle School. Niles, IL (Re-designation III)
  • Granger Middle School. Aurora, IL (Re-designation III)
  • Hickory Creek Middle School. Frankfort, IL (Re-designation III)
  • Highland Middle School. Libertyville, IL (Re-designation I)
  • Jack London Middle School. Wheeling, IL (Re-designation III)

For more information on Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch, visit the Schools to Watch page on this website.

To find out how your school can become an Illinois Horizon School to Watch, contact John Viano.

Author of Last in a Long Line of Rebels, Lisa Lewis Tyre is sponsoring her annual contest THE BERTIE. Open to middle grades students, with $600 in prize money.


  • The submission window is between September 1 and September 30
  • Writers may submit only one story per contest year
  • Stories must be written by only one writer
  • Writers must be ages 10, 11, 12, or 13 years old
  • Previously submitted or published stories will not be accepted
  • Story must be no longer than 1500 words total
  • Story MUST contain a senior citizen (65 or older) as a character,  no matter how minor.

For more information, or to submit your story, visit