New Trier: Winner of "The Lisa Show"
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 2 Jun 2011, p. 16, 17, 19

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New Trier junior Kristine Ortega was one of five first place scholarship winners at the 2011 “The Lisa Show” student art exhibition held at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago on May 15.

Art students from 27 Chicagoland high schools exhibited more than 100 pieces of artwork covering painting, drawing, three dimensional, photography, and graphic communication and design. Ortega won in the photography category, earning a scholarship sponsored by David and Marlowe Klitzky, founders of The Great Frame Up, Mesirow Financial, and the American Academy of Art.

The Lisa Show ( was introduced in 1994 when the Klitzkys realized funds for local high school art programs were diminishing. The Klitzkys renamed the program in 2003 as The Lisa Show = Life is Simply Art, in honor of their daughter Lisa, a graphic designer who loved all things about art and lost her battle with a very rare form of cancer at age 25.

The Klitzkys’ six The Great Frame Up stores sponsored 27 juried art exhibitions for the high schools in February through April, donated all of the 650 frames for the art work and displayed it for three weeks at the store closest to each high school. The five “best of show” winners from each high school then had their artwork displayed at the Best-of-the-Best exhibition held at the Thompson Center in Chicago.

The other New Trier students who participated in the show were Jennifer Chong, Michael Ciesielski, Honore Lachauer, and Grace Kim.

Graduation Party

The New Trier Class of 2011 graduation party, “Come 2gether” will be held at 10:15 p.m. Sunday at the Northfield Campus, 7 Happ Road, Northfield. The gyms take on a whole new look that evening. This all-night, safe, no-date party is coordinated by an all-volunteer team of parents. The public is invited to view the venue from noon-3 p.m. Sunday. The party is not open to 2011 graduates. The party is sponsored by the New Trier Parents’ Association.

Trip to France

New Trier French may join fellow students for a 10-day home stay in the heart of Paris followed by four days in the south of France on the Riviera, from June 8-23, 2012. Students can also welcome a French pen pal in their homes in February. Details to follow early this fall. For more information, contact Dori Rosenbloom-Mirman at (847) 784-7618 or Liette Brisebois at (847) 784-6654.

Students win


New Trier French students Jake Hamburger and Katherine Knight recently won recognition for excellence in the study of French.

Hamburger was named an Award for Excellence scholarship recipient by the Alliance Française de Chicago. Award winners are chosen from among the top scorers on the National French Test in the Chicago area. Students must write a two-three page essay and complete an interview, both in French, with a jury composed of staff, teachers and current and former Board members of the Alliance Française, along with representatives from French Cultural Services.

The Award for Excellence prize consists of four weeks of Cours de Langue et Civilisation at the Sorbonne in Paris this summer, with housing and a stipend included. Hamburger and one other Chicago-area winner will join fellow students from an international group of highly motivated French learners and speakers, all at an advanced level.

Knight received the President’s Award from the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). The award is in honor of the past and present presidents of the AATF Chicago/Northern Illinois Chapter. The President’s Award goes to high scoring seniors who plan on taking a French course during their first year of university.

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New Trier: Winner of "The Lisa Show"