American High School 1: Life in High School

Mr. Clay Henricksen teaches Global Studies and AP Human Geography at Huntley High School in Illinois.

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“I think one of the most defining characteristics of the United States High School experience is the value of school PRIDE.”

Huntley HS Student Emily

Who is the presenter?

Mr. Henricksen is a secondary school social studies teacher at Huntley High School focusing on Global Studies, US History, and Human Geography for the past 12 years. In 2015, Clay had the opportunity to take part in a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad with the U.S. Department of Education and Northern Illinois University. The project, which was throughout Luzon in the Philippines, focused on Ethno-Religious Diversity and Human Rights, and Clay was with former and current PYLP Directors at NIU, Susan Russell and Rhodalyne Gallo-Crail, and 11 other teachers from Illinois.

At Huntley, Clay also coaches and sponsors the varsity assistant girls basketball coach and Anime Club. 

What is the presentation about?

This presentation introduces student leaders to one of the biggest high schools in Illinois, USA. Mr. Clay provides a brief description and history of the school and describes the different resources and activities of a big high school in the US. Youth leaders will also meet a number of American students as they describe their daily schedule and share their unique experiences with youth leaders from the Philippines.

To do the tasks below and accomplish the learning outcomes, please watch this video presentation or watch via YouTube.

What are your tasks and the learning outcomes?

  1. On Your Own: To describe the similarities and differences of American and Filipino High School experience
  2. With A Team: To network with American students who participated in the PYLP Program
  3. With Your Community: To organize a conversation and dialogue for students on important topics related to the challenges and opportunities of High School education and invite a PYLP Alumni as a resource person