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DuPage County Leadership Team honorable mentions

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  • Iman H. Abdallah

      Iman H. Abdallah

  • Emily Bajzek

      Emily Bajzek

  • Laine Bruzek

      Laine Bruzek

  • Michelle Caballero

      Michelle Caballero

  • Ricardo Diaz Jr.

      Ricardo Diaz Jr.

  • James Patrick Dunlea

      James Patrick Dunlea

  • Connie Hsu

      Connie Hsu

  • Emily Johnson

      Emily Johnson

  • Robert Kaylor

      Robert Kaylor

  • Alex Kessler

      Alex Kessler

  • Joyce Lee

      Joyce Lee

  • Sabrina Lichon

      Sabrina Lichon

  • Molly McCann

      Molly McCann

  • Maryam Bint Muhammad

      Maryam Bint Muhammad

  • Grace Nelson

      Grace Nelson

  • Samuel Nevins

      Samuel Nevins

  • Haley Nichol

      Haley Nichol

  • Ryan Pape

      Ryan Pape

  • Carrie Phillips

      Carrie Phillips

  • Nicole Puccini

      Nicole Puccini

  • Angel Ramirez

      Angel Ramirez

  • Varun Sampat

      Varun Sampat

  • Kelsey Sayner

      Kelsey Sayner

  • Rachel Sterling

      Rachel Sterling

  • Megan Sutton

      Megan Sutton

  • Katarina Werner

      Katarina Werner

  • Colin White

      Colin White

  • Christine Wu

      Christine Wu

  • Ryan Yocum

      Ryan Yocum

  • Julie Patel

      Julie Patel

  • Jennifer Krick

      Jennifer Krick

  • Kenneth Gonzales

      Kenneth Gonzales

  • Stanley Yuan

      Stanley Yuan

 

Iman H. Abdallah

School: College Preparatory School of America

Hometown: Palos Park

Class: Senior

Parents: Habes Abdallah and Bothaina Zahdan

Sponsor: Duc Do, English language arts curriculum coordinator

Community service: Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago; Quran Summer Camp; Christ Advocate Medical Hospital volunteer; Mosque Foundation Sunday school teacher assistant; Helping Hand volunteer

Emily Bajzek

School: Metea Valley High School

Hometown: Naperville

Class: Senior

Parents: Tom and Pat Bajzek

Sponsor: Lauren Winiarski, teacher

Community service: Best Buddies chapter president; Camp SOAR counselor; St. Patrick's Nursing Home Happy Hour volunteer; Adaptive Physical Education volunteer; Special Olympics volunteer

Laine Bruzek

School: Wheaton Warrenville South High School

Hometown: Wheaton

Class: Senior

Parents: Scott and Kirby Bruzek

Sponsor: Mike Kosky, school counselor

Community service: National Honor Society peer tutor; organizing a fundraiser to benefit the Lutheran Malaria Initiative; St. John Lutheran Church: Sunday school and vacation Bible school leader and organized donations for Christmas Sharing program

Michelle Caballero

School: Neuqua Valley High School

Hometown: Naperville

Class: Senior

Parents: Steve and Maureen Caballero

Sponsor: Jacob Heilicser, guidance counselor

Community service: Philippine Frontline Ministries outreach/volunteer; Community Christian Church: helped organize and run two benefit dinners for the Philippines ministry, serves as a child care volunteer and worship leader

Ricardo Diaz Jr.

School: Addison Trail High School

Hometown: Addison

Class: Senior

Parents: Josefina Diaz and Ricardo Diaz

Sponsor: Courtney DeMent, assistant principal

Community service: Adventist GlenOaks Hospital front desk aide; School Basketball Camp for young kids; Feed My Starving Children service project through National Honor Society; Salvation Army bell ringer

James Dunlea

School: St. Francis High School

Hometown: Wayne

Class: Senior

Parents: Sean and Helen Dunlea

Sponsor: Trudy Rigney, guidance counselor

Community service: Started Cleats For Athletes, which collects used sports cleats and donates them to athletes who are unable to purchase cleats for themselves; Costumes for Kids, which collects new or gently used Halloween costumes for children

Kenneth Gonzales

Northwest Suburban Leadership Team winner

School: Bartlett High School

Hometown: Carol Stream

Class: Senior

Parent: Haydee S. Baesa

Sponsor: Stephanie Fullhart, counselor

Community service: Organized coffeehouse benefit for pediatric cancer research; as choir president, organizes choir's annual Adopt-a-Grandparent program; Goodman Youth Arts council; organized Halloween Dance for seniors at the Victory Centre and valentine-writing for residents from local nursing homes

Connie Hsu

School: Glenbard South High School

Hometown: Lombard

Class: Senior

Parents: Li Kao and Sidney Hsu

Sponsor: Jamie Frodyma, counselor

Community service: Health Track volunteer coach; Salvation Army bell ringer; National Honor Society volunteer events

Emily Johnson

School: Fenton Community High School

Hometown: Wood Dale

Class: Senior

Parents: Gail Johnson

Sponsor: Todd Leden, principal

Community service: Morton Arboretum volunteer; Project CARE, mentoring elementary school students; Wood Dale Park District Scare Walk makeup artist/guide

Robert Kaylor

School: Glenbard East High School

Hometown: Lombard

Class: Senior

Parents: Randy Kaylor and Janice Kaylor

Sponsor: Laura Broderick, social studies/National Honor Society adviser

Community service: Fourth-grade classroom volunteer at Madison Elementary School; District 44 Music Parents Association event volunteer; District 87 Board of Education student liaison; District 44 Science Fair volunteer

Alex Kessler

School: Lake Park High School

Hometown: Medinah

Class: Senior

Parents: Steve and Heidi Kessler

Sponsor: Christine Ward, school counselor

Community service: National Honor Society president; Trinity Lutheran Church audio/video crew member; Camp Earth community service event; Helped fellow student with an Eagle Scout project

Jennifer Krick

Northwest Suburban Leadership Team winner

School: Bartlett High School

Hometown: Carol Stream

Class: Senior

Parents: Thomas and Lynn Krick

Sponsor: Dave Marszalek, counselor

Community service: Tutoring freshmen; volunteer youth volleyball instructor; clothing drive chairwoman; freshman orientation classroom leader; historian for the high school Spanish Club; volunteer at PADS shelter, Our Savior Lutheran Church

Joyce Lee

School: Wheaton Academy

Hometown: Naperville

Class: Senior

Parents: Phinetta Robinson-Lee and James Lee

Sponsor: Dan Crabtree, college counselor

Community service: Calvary Church: nursery volunteer and youth group worship team vocalist; Joy Program Daycare Center

Sabrina Lichon

School: Benet Academy

Hometown: Naperville

Class: Senior

Parents: Francis and Nancy Lichon

Sponsor: Laura Lundstrom, college counselor

Community service: Pennies for Plumbing fundraiser; Windows for Warmth fundraiser; volunteer work through school's Recycling Club

Molly McCann

School: Immaculate Conception High School

Hometown: Elmhurst

Class: Senior

Parents: Brian McCann and Mary McCann

Sponsor: Cindy Thomas, English teacher

Community service: Parish Youth Ministry, mission trips to Mississippi and Michigan; Elmhurst Police Department Peer Jury; Animal Care League, volunteering at an animal shelter; organized a volleyball tournament to raise money for Habitat for Humanity

Maryam Bint Muhammad

School: College Preparatory School of America

Hometown: Lombard

Class: Senior

Parents: Muhammad G. Kabir and Zakia Sultana

Sponsor: Duc Do, English language arts curriculum coordinator

Community service: Humanitarians Offering Peace Everywhere; Big Brother/Big Sister tutoring; Feedy for the Needy; National Honor Society service events; DuPage County student election judge

Grace C. Nelson

School: Benet Academy

Hometown: Wheaton

Class: Senior

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Nelson

Sponsor: Laura Lundstrom, college counselor

Community service: One world, One Kitchen Refugee Cooking Classes founder; Benet Academy Outreach, various volunteering and tutoring; Wheaton All Youth Relay For Life team leader; Catholic Heart Work Camp; English as a Second Language tutor

Samuel Nevins

School: Glenbard West High School

Hometown: Glen Ellyn

Class: Senior

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Nevins

Sponsor: Peter Monaghan, assistant principal for student services

Community service: Glen Ellyn Resource Center tutor; PADS volunteer; St. Petronille Youth Ministry mission trip

Haley Nichol

School: Addison Trail High School

Hometown: Addison

Class: Senior

Parents: Debbie and Jeff Nichol

Sponsor: Laura Magnavite, social studies teacher

Community service: Cosley Zoo junior zookeeper; Morton Arboretum volunteer; Pay It Forward CORE team member; Miss Addison; community service through National Honor Society

Ryan Pape

School: Metea Valley High School

Hometown: Aurora

Class: Senior

Parents: Michael and Theresa Pape

Sponsors: Tom Daugherty, college/career counselor; and Debra Roerig, social studies teacher

Community service: Operation Snowball, volunteer group facilitator; Boy Scouts of America (Troop 508), led and volunteered in various service projects; Nick Kot Charity, race committee member; Feed My Starving Children

Julie Patel

School: James B. Conant High School

Hometown: Roselle

Class: Senior

Parents: Jitendra Patel

Sponsor: Talbott Behnken, Student Council adviser

Community service: Alexian Brothers Rehabilitation Hospital volunteer; president of student council; co-founder of HEROES (Helping Everyone Respect Others and Expect Safety), a safe haven for kids who are bullied; president and secretary of Health and Medical Careers Club; National Honor Society

Carrie Phillips

School: Glenbard West High School

Hometown: Wheaton

Class: Senior

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Phillips

Sponsor: Peter Monaghan, assistant principal for student services

Community service: Organized toiletry drive for Junior Women's Club; Prairie Path Clean Up and Recycling Extravaganza volunteer; Annual Day of Global Environmental Action volunteer; vacation Bible school/World Relief at Glen Ellyn Bible Church Community; Eco Club

Nicole K. Puccini

School: Lisle High School

Hometown: Lisle

Class: Senior

Parents: Cathy and Paul Puccini

Sponsor: Pete Sullivan, school principal

Community service: Lisle Teens With Character; Scarecrow Scramble teen volunteer coordinator; organized a service project to discourage people from dumping waste into storm drains throughout Lisle; Special Olympics volunteer; Girl Scout Day Camp

Angel Ramirez

School: Fenton Community High School

Hometown: Bensenville

Class: Senior

Parents: Magdalena Ramirez

Sponsor: Todd Leden, principal

Community service: Bensenville Emergency Management Agency volunteer; Wood Dale and Itasca Community Emergency Response Team; Wood Dale Police Department's underage sale of tobacco prevention program; Bison Environmental Activist Team team leader; Bensenville Police Crime Prevention Unit

Varun Sampat

School: Neuqua Valley High School

Hometown: Naperville

Class: Senior

Parents: Bharat Sampat and Darshana Sampat

Sponsor: Babs Filkins, guidance counselor

Community service: Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential volunteer

Kelsey Sayner

School: West Chicago Community High School

Hometown: Winfield

Class: Senior

Parents: Dave and Tina Sayner

Sponsor: Bob Maxson, social worker

Community service: First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton leadership team; Winfield Public Library teen team member, Central DuPage Hospital volunteer; Feed My Starving Children; Muslim Action Day

Rachel Sterling

School: Glenbard East High School

Hometown: Lombard

Class: Senior

Parents: Kristin and Mike Sterling

Sponsor: Christopher Vandenberg, senior leader adviser

Community service: Key Club president; volunteering through National Honor Society; Senior Leaders; Lombard Waves Juniors volunteer coach; peer tutor

Megan Sutton

School: Immaculate Conception High School

Hometown: Elmhurst

Class: Senior

Parents: Scott and Becky Sutton

Sponsor: Cindy Thomas, English teacher

Community service: Teaches religious education classes; high school ambassador; National Honor Society; Christian Service Leaders

Katarina Werner

School: Willowbrook High School

Hometown: Villa Park

Class: Senior

Parents: Jeff and Kim Werner

Sponsor: Daniel Krause, principal

Community service: Volunteered at Nazareth Farm in Salem, West Virginia, with St. Alexander's Youth Group; Navajo Mission Trip with St. James the Apostle's Youth Group; Key Club; Locks of Love; Southwest Neighborhood Watch newsletter coordinator

Colin White

School: Willowbrook High School

Hometown: Villa Park

Class: Senior

Parents: Jim and Laurie White

Sponsor: Dan Krause, principal

Community service: Illinois Leadership Seminar volunteer; Nazareth Farm volunteer; National Honor Society service projects

Christine Wu

School: Naperville North High School

Hometown: Naperville

Class: Senior

Parents: George Wu and Holly Jiang

Sponsor: Ryan Hall, Key Club sponsor and guidance counselor

Community service: Naperville North Key Club; Edward Hospital teen volunteer; Naperville North Volleyball Girls Junior High Volleyball Camp; Safety Town summer program teen leader; J. Kyle Braid Leadership program

Ryan Yocum

School: Naperville Central High School

Hometown: Naperville

Class: Senior

Parents: Jim and Jamie Yocum

Sponsor: Eric Kaisling, world and classical language teacher

Community service: Red Rage president; J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation, various charities and volunteering; Adaptive Physical Education volunteer; Misericordia, Candy Days and on-site volunteering; Special Olympics volunteer

Stanley Yuan

Fox Valley Leadership Team winner

School: Illinois Math and Science Academy

Hometown: Naperville

Class: Senior

Parents: Li-Ping Yuan and Mary Yuan

Sponsor: Julia Husen, counselor

Community service: LEAD team coordinator, STARTALK Chinese language program, peer tutoring, library volunteer

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