ISAC honors 42 high school seniors for the 2023-2024 school year

Central 301 is excited to announce the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has honored 42 Central High School seniors as Illinois State Scholars for the 2023-24 school year. According to ISAC, considerations for this honor include: exemplary college assessment exam scores and a strong record of high school achievement, including unweighted GPA, class rank and school size. 

We have so much pride for these students,” said Dr. Esther Mongan, Central 301 Superintendent of Schools. “Their hard work, perseverance and academic coursework chosen during their educational experience at Central has paid off.

Many of these students not only excel in academics but as truly amazing human beings. Truly exemplar!”

Each student was given a Certificate of Achievement from the organization, plus they now have access to digital badges that they can use on their social media pages and online profiles. Central High School celebrated these students’ outstanding achievements with a breakfast in our Central High School cafeteria on November 20th, prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Below is a list of Illinois State Scholars at Central High School for the 2023-24 school year:

Afeef, Zayn
Alex, Jadon
Andersen, Kenzie
Anderson, Duke
Anderson, Robert
Basa, Leila
Brandes, Jenna
Chokkaththeyandath, Vishnu
Cunningham, Haylie
Devol, Thomas
Domaleczny, Brianna
Durckel, Danielle
Gulati, Kyra
Hinkleman, Adam
Jaswani, Soham
Karavasis, Eirini
Karottu, Elisha
Khwaja, Obaid
Kim, Braedyn
Kowall, Joseph
Larson, Emma
Mangondaya, Andre
Nava, Daniel
Olvera, Ethan
Patel, Sia
Patel, Yaisha
Payton, Andrew
Perez, Alan
Ruthenberg, Ryan
Saligumba, Claire
Samuelian, Eva
Sanceda, Tristan
Seela, Lakshmi j
Shah, Aarya
Simek, Natalie
Supehia, Eesha
Thakkar, Aadi
Thakkar, Aarya
Thakkar, Diya
Wood, Luke
Yarger, Kyrie
Zielinski, Victoria


Central Community Unit School District 301 was founded in 1948 and educates nearly 5,000 students from Elgin, St. Charles, Campton Hills, Sycamore, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, Maple Park and Burlington. More than 270 educators work at four (4) elementary schools, two (2) middle schools, and one (1) high school within the district spread out over 83 square miles in Central Kane County. As one of the fastest growing school districts in the United States, Central 301 has consistently received an “A” rating from Niche as one of the Top 25 unit school districts in Illinois. A majority of our district schools are ranked among the top 10 percent, per the Illinois State Board of Education. Please visit for more information.


Date posted: December 1, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on Central High School Students Honored as Illinois State Scholars

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All District Schools Will Feature Events Friday, November 10 to Honor Service Members

We are looking forward to celebrating Veterans Day all across Central 301 this November. Our soldiers deserve our gratitude and appreciation for putting the protection of our democracy first. We’re excited and honored to thank our area Veterans with celebrations at our district schools all throughout the day.

Please review the following schedule of events for Veterans Day 2023:

At 7:00, we will host Veterans for a breakfast at Central High School to be followed by a ceremony honoring them beginning at 8:00 AM. The ceremony will be complete with a performance from our student chorus, and the Big Blue Band of Pride drumline in the Central High School Auditorium. In addition, our Central High School television production staff will broadcast the event, via live stream. The link to the live stream can be found HERE. The community is welcome to attend, however, we ask you to register using this LINK.
Breakfast —- A school wide assembly begins at 9:30. Veterans who volunteered to visit classrooms afterwards will go and read a story to a class for an hour after the assembly.
At 8:45, The PVGS PTO will provide donuts and coffee to Veterans in the cafeteria. That will be followed by an all-school assembly in the gym in which Cub Scouts Pack #38  will carry the flag. Plus, there will be performances from each grade level and our CMS pep band.
HBT has invited local Veterans for an all-school assembly beginning at 9:45 in the HBT gymnasium featuring the Veteran’s, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and the Central High School Pep Band. A breakfast for Veterans will take place at 9:00 AM but you must RSVP to school officials ahead of time.
Lily Lake Grade School has invited local Veterans to join them for an all school assembly at 9:30 AM.
Prairie Knolls Middle School has invited Veterans from the community into the Falcon’s Nest to be recognized and celebrated by students and staff. Beginning at 1:30, Veteran’s will have the opportunity to attend a reception with beverages and snacks beginning at 1:30. The reception will be followed by an all-school assembly beginning at 2:00 PM. The assembly will feature performances by the PKMS Band and Choir. 
CMS will host an afternoon reception for Veterans with coffee and cookies starting at 1:40 PM. That will be followed by an all-school assembly at 2:00 PM. It will feature performances by our Central Middle School 8th Grade band and choir as well as remarks from guest speaker – Jason Johnston.

We look forward to seeing everyone Friday morning and thank you for your service.


Date posted: November 2, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on Salute to Service at Central 301 for Veterans Day

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We consistently heard that community members had a hard time voting for something without knowing what it would look like.

We hear you loud and clear!

The Central 301 Board of Education approved beginning preliminary design work in anticipation of placing the referendum question on the ballot for the March 2024 Primary Election.

Here’s our first look at it. Again, very preliminary!
Date posted: September 27, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on New High School – Early Design

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Central 301 is Ready for Homecoming

Central 301 is excited to announce the schedule of events for Homecoming at Central 2023. With many of the events taking place at Rocket Hill, the district is thrilled to have the entire school district celebrate with spirit weeks at all seven (7) district schools. 

Central High School students will kick off the celebration with in-school assemblies on Friday, September 15. Then the fun gets going across the district the following Monday, September 18 with the beginning of Spirit Week. From grade school kids to high school teenagers, students will have a chance to dress up and show out all week long!

Central High School students battle in a tug-a-war contest and action from Powder Puff with a beautiful sunset during the 69th Homecoming at Central celebration in 2022.

“Super Tuesday” features four (4) varsity sports in action for the Central Rockets on September 19. On Wednesday, September 20, Powder Puff, a Community Pep Rally and a Fireworks celebration highlight a huge slate of events at Rocket Hill. The varsity football matchup on Friday, September 22 features a battle with the McHenry Warriors, a first time homecoming opponent for the Central Rockets. Finally, Saturday, September 23 is the annual Homecoming Dance at Rocket Hill beginning at 7:00 PM.

The district has created a website so that everyone can keep up with all the happenings at Central 301 during the 70th Annual Homecoming at Central celebration. There you will find a full schedule of events, links in order to purchase tickets and more!

LINK: Homecoming Week 2023

Homecoming at Central is planned by our students and staff in coordination with our student council organizations. A special thank you goes out to everyone who’s working hard to make all the fun possible!
Enjoy the week!


Date posted: September 14, 2023 | Author: | Comments Off on Homecoming Week 2023

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Wrestling Set to Host Regionals For The First Time in 14 Years
Girl’s Basketball To Host Class 3A Regional

(December 15, 2022) – For the first time in the history of Central Community Unit School District 301, Central High School will serve as a host for the Boy’s Basketball Sectional for the 116th edition of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Tournament. It’s just one event that will highlight a host of state tournament competitons across basketball and wrestling on Rocket Hill.

“This is an exciting time for our Central Rocket student-athletes, its community and an opportunity for others to see all the great things that help make Central High School a place to host such events,” said Ted Juske, Central High School Athletic Director. “To have an exciting month of postseason events in our building is a big deal for our community. We’re honored to be a small part of ‘America’s Original March Madness’ and we can’t wait to host some great games on Rocket Hill.”

In the midst of the most successful stretch of Central Rockets basketball, the boy’s team is following a school record 31-win season in 2021-22. Meanwhile, the girls program will push to earn a top 3 seed for the ninth time in the last decade, reaching the regional final every year in that stretch highlighted by a 4th Place State Finish in 2014. The Rockets girls program has won 27 games or more in a season on five (5) different occasions in the last decade. Central High School has served as a regional host previously for both boys and girls basketball on multiple occasions, however, this will be the first time that the boys program will host this level of the tournament. The girls hosted the Class A Sectional in 1984 en route to a Supersectional appearance that season.

“We love having the IHSA State Tournament because it allows us to showcase the best of Central 301,” said Dr. Todd Stirn, Superintendent of Schools. “As we continue to grow in enrollment, we expect to have more major events in the district. This year, the road downstate will have to go through Rocket Hill and we will build on that in the future.”

Central High School previously hosted the IHSA Boy’s Basketball Regional Tournament on 18 different occasions including 1973, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2013, 2015, and 2020. Prior to two-class basketball, Central hosted the IHSA Boy’s Basketball District Tournament twice in 1966 and 1971.

Central High School previously hosted the IHSA Girl’s Basketball Regional Tournament 11 times, including 1981, 1984, 1987, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2013, 2016, and 2020.

Central’s wrestling program is set to host the IHSA Class 2A Regional Tournament for the first time in 14 years. 

“We’re thrilled that we’ve been selected to host this year,” said Vince Govea, head coach of the boys and girls wrestling programs. “Our student body is growing every year, our girls program is growing every year. It’s a great time to be involved in our wrestling community. It will certainly be nice to be at home for a change.”

The Rocket grapplers hosted last in 2009 en route to a 2nd place finish and they boys will be seeking their first Regional Title in 15 years. Since the turn of the century, the Rockets hosted the regional tournament in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005 as well. This year’s IHSA Regional Tournament will be held on February 4, 2023. 

The 2023 edition of the IHSA State Basketball Tournament will begin with the Girl’s Regional Quarterfinal round on Saturday February 11, hosted by the higher seed. The Regional Semifinals will be held on “Rocket Hill”  on either February 13 or February 14, 2023 with the Championship game set for either February 16 or February 17. The pairings and full schedule for the girls will be announced in the first week of February.

Two weeks later, the Boy’s Sectionals will be held on “Rocket Hill” with the Semifinals set for February 28 and March 1, 2023. The Sectional Championship will be held on March 3, 2023. The pairings and full schedule for the boys will be announced around February 10, 2023.

For the 50th anniversary season of Title IX, the IHSA Girl’s Basketball State Championship weekend will be held in Normal at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University. The IHSA Boy’s Basketball State Championship weekend will be held in Champaign at State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Those events will be the first two weekends in March.

The IHSA State Wrestling Tournament will be held in Champaign at State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign the weekend of February 16-18, 2023 for the boys, and the dual team state tournament will be the following weekend. The girls will compete in the 2nd ever state series tournament the weekend of February 24-25, 2023 in Champaign as well.


Central Community Unit School District 301 was founded in 1951 and educates more than 4,900 students from Elgin, St. Charles, Campton Hills, Sycamore, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, Maple Park and Burlington. More than 270 educators work at four (4) elementary schools, two (2) middle schools, and one (1) high school within the district spread out over 83 square miles in Central Kane County. As one of the fastest growing school districts in the United States, Central 301 has consistently received an “A” rating from Niche as one of the Top 25 unit school districts in Illinois. A majority of our district schools are ranked among the top 10 percent, per the Illinois State Board of Education. Please visit for more information.


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Break out your dancing shoes and dig out the loose change in your couch cushions. It’s time for Homecoming 2022 and we’ll do it “At The Jukebox.” We’re excited to share the schedule of events for this year’s festivities and all of the fun activities happening around the district, not just at Rocket Hill.

THEME: Monochromatic Day

One color from head to toe! That’s how we’ll start our week. (Psst: We’re a big fan of blue) Plus we have freshman soccer behind Howard B. Thomas Grade School and football at the stadium with the JV and F/S B teams battling Crystal Lake South.

THEME: Dress As Your Decade Day

It’s a day where you’re not upset that someone wore the same thing you did! Twin or group outfits encouraged. Reach out to your friends and pair up with your buddy. Be creative!

THEME: Surfer vs. Biker Day

You get to choose an outfit that screams you’d rather be catching some gnarly waves or laying down some rubber out on the open road. Whether you’re a wave rider or an easy rider, this day is for you. Plus we have a busy day of sports!

The Central Rockets host the IHSA Class 2A Boy’s Golf Regional Tournament at Whisper Creek Golf Course starting at 9 AM. They get out of school to go play golf. Sounds perfectly fair. Plus, freshman soccer get back to work on the fields behind Howard B. Thomas Grade School. The Volleyball squad plays host to Dundee-Crown in a pivotal Fox Valley Conference matchup. The varsity gets underway at 6:00 PM.

Lastly, the annual Fall Festival at Howard B. Thomas Grade School takes place Wednesday night from 5:30 to 7:30 with free games, the scholastic book fair, free pumpkin decorating, and balloon creations. There will be classroom activities and Kona Ice available in the parking lot as well. Lots of fun will be had and it’s all part of our curriculum night. Come stop by and help our friends at the HBT PTO put on a great event.

THEME: Adam Sandler Day

Comfort doesn’t always equal fashion. That’s always been the case with actor/producer Adam Sandler. Some would call this a preview of what life on campus will look like for some of your students! Others would say this is golden opportunity to pay homage to the Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore star. We’re hoping to get enough looks where our photos could make this theme go viral. Now that would be trendsetting!

Thursday night is the annual Central 301 Powder Puff event. The gates open at the stadium at 5:00 PM with the freshmen and sophomores doing battle at 5:30 PM. Then the juniors will face the seniors at 6:30 PM. Concessions will be made available starting at 5:00 PM with pizza, pop, water and candy all for sale to benefit the senior and freshman class as part of Powder Puff Pizza Palooza 2022. (Say that 3x outloud real fast!)

The bonfire will follow around 7:45 PM after the final powder puff matchup is in the books. Plus while all this is happening, our Soccer squad will kickoff against Jacobs in a key FVC battle at 6:00 PM.

Also on Thursday, Lily Lake Grade School will host its Literacy Night from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. All sorts of fun include a petting zoo, art and literacy activities, raffle baskets, a visit from Anderson Humane and our book reveal for One Book One School. Plus, the Scholastic Book Fair, all brought to you by the Lily Lake PTO.

Prairie View Grade School will also host their Scholastic Book Fair (5:00 PM to 7:00 PM) as part of their Literacy Night as well (5:30 PM to 6:30 PM). We’re looking forward to a great event thanks to the fine folks at the PVGS PTO!

THEME: Blue and White Day

Time to honor the blue and white as your Central Rockets get ready for a big matchup on Rocket Hill. We start the day with the drumline entrance at 7:45 AM in the cafeteria. Then it’s a day long build up to our homecoming game with Jacobs. The Golden Eagles come in as one of the best in a very balanced Fox Valley Conference for 2022. We want them to face a wild and raucous crowd with an energized student section. Please remember our spectator guidelines in place for events throughout the week. Click the link below to learn more on our Rocket Hill events policy.

Central Rockets – 2022-2023 Spectator Guidelines

Tickets are $5.00, cash only. $3.00 for seniors, students and kids 12 and under. Lookin’ forward to seeing everyone Friday night!! Don’t forget to where your blue and white!!

The Homecoming Dance celebration happens in the Main Gym at 7:00 PM through 10:00 PM. A DJ will provide music for dancing and concessions will be available with proceeds going to help fund Prom 2023. Doors open at 6:45 PM, and admission is $20.00, cash only, with tickets only being sold at Door #8. Please arrive early in case we have a line of people to get in.

That’s the entire list of events going on at Central 301 this week. Should you have any questions, please make sure you follow us on social media for the latest daily and hourly updates.

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Have a great week!


Date posted: September 26, 2022 | Author: | Comments Off on HOMECOMING WEEK 2022

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