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The Cougar Connection is a way for Illini Central students, families & the communities of Easton, San Jose & Mason City to stay up to date on the people & events at Illini Central.
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Rory Bunn - Illini Central's March Student of the Month

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April Staff Member of the Month: Mrs. Amy Gronewald Illini Central Math Teacher
The Illini Central Student Council will be honoring a Staff Member of the Month throughout the school year. For the month of April and the final one of this school year, the ICHS students selected Mrs. Amy Gronewald. Senior Abigail Stender sat down with Mrs. Gronewald to discuss the classes she teaches, the advice that she would give herself in her 1st year of teaching, what inspires her in teaching, what it means to teach at Illini Central & much more.
04:23
May 23, 2022
Kassie Boyer - Illini Central's April Student of the Month
Senior Kassie Boyer was named Illini Central Student of the Month for April. The Class' Abigail Stender sat down with Kassie to discuss the people she admires the most in life, her advice to the "Freshmen" version of herself, how she's changed in 4 years of high school, her go to Dari-Belle order & much more.
03:37
May 16, 2022
Rory Bunn - Illini Central's March Student of the Month
Senior Rory Bunn was named Illini Central Student of the Month for March. The Class' Heaven Williams sat down with her friend & classmate to discuss Rory's favorite teacher, what makes her proud to be from Illini Central, the person she admires the most in life, her advice to the "Freshmen" version of herself, how she's changed in 4 years of high school & much more. 
10:08
May 02, 2022
March Staff Member of the Month: Mr. Jeremy Tobolaski Illini Central Math Teacher
The Illini Central Student Council will be honoring a Staff Member of the Month throughout the school year. For the month of March, the ICHS students selected Mr. Jeremy Tobolaski. Senior Heaven Williams sat down with Mr. Tobolaski to discuss the classes he teaches, how long he has been teaching, his inspiration, what it means to teach at Illini Central & much more. 
18:36
April 26, 2022
Eli Baker - Illini Central's February Student of the Month
Senior Eli Baker was named Illini Central Student of the Month back in February. The Class' Mr. Wherley sat down with Eli last week to discuss his favorite teachers at IC, the advice he would give his Freshman-self, the superpower he would chose & his go to Dari-Belle order. 
06:09
April 25, 2022
February Staff Member of the Month: Mr. Jake Clark Illini Central High School History Teacher
The Illini Central Student Council will be honoring a Staff Member of the Month throughout the school year. For the month of February, the ICHS students selected Mr. Jake Clark. Sophomores Kaleb Flores & Lucas Power sat down with Mr. Clark to discuss the classes he teachers..& which is his favorite, why he chose IC, who inspired him to work hard, the best advice he would give his students, his go to order at El Maz & much more.
08:09
April 12, 2022
January Staff Member of the Month: Mrs. Laura Jasko: Illini Central High & Middle School Spanish Teacher
The Illini Central Student Council will be honoring a Staff Member of the Month throughout the school year. For the month of January, the ICHS students selected Mrs. Laura Jasko. Senior Abigail Stender sat down with Mrs. Jasko to discuss the things she does for IC, what drove her into teaching, who inspires her, the advice she would give to herself back on her 1st day as a teacher & much more.
06:34
March 10, 2022
Bryce Rose - Illini Central's January Student of the Month
Senior Bryce Rose has been named January Student of the Month at Illini Central. Bryce sat down with The Class's Heaven Williams to discuss his plans for the future, the IC staff member that has influenced him the most, his advice for underclassmen & his go to Dari-Belle order.
04:20
March 02, 2022
December Staff Member of the Month: Mrs. Wesley Newton: Illini Central High School English Teacher
The Illini Central Student Council will be honoring a Staff Member of the Month throughout the school year. For the month of December, the ICHS students selected Mrs. Wesley Newton. Sophomores Kaleb Flores & Lucas Power sat down with Mrs. Newton to discuss the classes she teaches, who motivated her to be a teacher, why likes teaching at IC & what it means to be chosen.
02:44
February 28, 2022
November Staff Member of the Month: Mrs. Annie Baugher: Illini Central Middle & High School Counselor
The Illini Central Student Council will be honoring a Staff Member of the Month throughout the school year. For the month of November...the ICHS students chose Mrs. Annie Baugher. Senior Abby Stender sat down with Mrs. Baugher to discuss what her role is at IC, lessons learned during her time as a counselor, the people who shaped Mrs. Baugher in her chosen field & what this honor means to her.
03:28
January 25, 2022
Kolbi Johnson - Illini Central December Student of the Month
Senior Kolbi Johnson has been named December Student of the Month at Illini Central. Yesterday, Kolbi sat down with The Class's Heaven Williams to discuss her plans for the future, a few pet peeves, the impact of her favorite teachers and Kolbi's sister on her life & the advice Kolbi would give her "Freshman" self on Day 1 of her high school years.
08:40
January 20, 2022
Kayla Durbin - Illini Central November Student of the Month
Senior Heaven Williams from The Class sat down with November Student of the Month Kayla Durbin for this podcast episode. These classmates discuss why Mrs. Droge is her favorite teacher, her best memory from high school, Kayla's "go to" Dari-Belle order & the advice Kayla would give her "Freshman" self on Day 1 of her high school years.
05:54
January 18, 2022
Isabel McKinney - Illini Central October Student of the Month
Senior Heaven Williams from The Class sat down with October Student of the Month Isabel McKinney for this podcast episode. These classmates discuss the advice Isabel would give her "Freshman" self, best memory from high school, her favorite food...thanks to Dad & the best compliment she has ever received.
05:03
January 12, 2022
October Teacher of the Month: Mr. Miles Allen - Illini Central Ag Teacher & FFA Sponsor
The Illini Central Student Council will be honoring a Teacher of the Month throughout the school year. For the month of October...the ICHS students chose Mr. Miles Allen. Senior Heaven Williams sat down with Mr. Allen to discuss what this honor means to him. the advice he would give himself back on his 1st day of teaching, the person who shaped him as a teacher & what it means to teach at Illini Central.
07:48
November 16, 2021
New Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Damann - HS/MS Music Teacher
The Cougar Connection podcast presented by The Class at Illini Central is currently doing a series of podcasts highlighting our new teachers. In this episode, IC Senior Heaven Williams sat down with Mr. Damann, IC’s new HS/MS Music teacher. #WeAreIC #BeJimmy
33:57
November 09, 2021
Abby Stender - Illini Central September Student of the Month
This year...The Cougar Connection Podcast will be posting interviews with the Illini Central Students of the Month. The September honoree was Senior Abby Stender. Mr. Bunner sat down with Abby to discuss her time at Illini Central, advice she would give her Freshmen self, the person she admires the most & her go-to Kreiling's Dairy-Belle order.
11:14
November 03, 2021
New Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Baugher & Kevin - High/Middle School Counselor & Therapy Dog.
The Cougar Connection podcast presented by The Class at Illini Central is currently doing a series of podcasts highlighting our new teachers. In this episode, IC Sophomore Lucas Power sat down with Mrs. Baugher & Kevin...the new Illini Central High/Middle School Counselor & Therapy Dog. #WeAreIC #BeJimmy
05:08
October 29, 2021
New Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Johnson - ICGS Art Teacher
The Cougar Connection podcast presented by The Class at Illini Central is currently doing a series of podcasts highlighting our new teachers. In this episode, IC Sophomore Lucas Power sat down with Ms. Johnson...the new Illini Central Grade School Art teacher. #WeAreIC #BeJimmy
05:19
October 27, 2021
New Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Madero - ICHS/ICMS Special Education Teacher
The Cougar Connection podcast presented by The Class at Illini Central is currently doing a series of podcasts highlighting our new teachers. In this episode, IC Senior Abby Stender sat down with Mrs. Madero...one of the new high & middle school teachers here at Illini Central. #WeAreIC #BeJimmy
13:16
October 25, 2021
New Teacher Spotlight: Miss Hilgers - ICMS Science Teacher
The Cougar Connection podcast presented by The Class at Illini Central is currently doing a series of podcasts highlighting our new teachers. In this episode, IC Senior Abby Stender sat down with Miss Hilgers...one of the new middle school teachers here at Illini Central. #WeAreIC #BeJimmy
03:41
October 25, 2021
New Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Simmers - 4th Grade
The Cougar Connection podcast presented by The Class at Illini Central is currently doing a series of podcasts highlighting our new teachers. In episode #1, IC Sophomore Kaleb Flores sat down with Mrs. Simmers...one of the new 4th grade teachers here at Illini Central. #WeAreIC #BeJimmy
04:52
October 15, 2021