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Northwest Suburban Leadership Team honorable mentions

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  • Priyal Amin

      Priyal Amin

  • Rishi Arora

      Rishi Arora

  • Avni Bavishi

      Avni Bavishi

  • Laurel Clarkson

      Laurel Clarkson

  • Jenna Cronin

      Jenna Cronin

  • Parth Dalal

      Parth Dalal

  • Sonia Doshi

      Sonia Doshi

  • Ryan Erdmann

      Ryan Erdmann

  • Alex Kessler

      Alex Kessler

  • Andrew Leja

      Andrew Leja

  • Michael Lilien

      Michael Lilien

  • Connie Liou

      Connie Liou

  • Thomas McKenna

      Thomas McKenna

  • Austin Menzia

      Austin Menzia

  • Kelsey Nicpon

      Kelsey Nicpon

  • Aakash Patel

      Aakash Patel

  • Julie Patel

      Julie Patel

  • Alexander Rogers

      Alexander Rogers

  • Connor Rueb

      Connor Rueb

  • Abhiram Sanka

      Abhiram Sanka

  • Elizabeth Sheehan

      Elizabeth Sheehan

  • Joanna Stankowicz

      Joanna Stankowicz

  • Josie Suchecki

      Josie Suchecki

  • Andrew Unander

      Andrew Unander

  • Amber White

      Amber White

 

Priyal Amin

William Fremd High School

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Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Class: Senior

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Rashmi Amin

Sponsor: Mary Schagrin, counselor (retired)

Community service: Raising $2,000 to buy an Automatic External Defibrillator for Children's Advocacy Center; Service Over Self executive board member junior and senior year; student mentor, works with freshman students each day to ease transition to high school (group also raised more than 1,000 boxes for local food pantry). National Honor society; selected to Jefferson Awards team, which recognize Fremd students for volunteerism.

Rishi Arora

Schaumburg High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Class: Senior

Parents: Raj and Cookie Arora

Sponsor: Darrell Robin, English teacher; director of debate

Community service: Organized Cancer Crasher Crew, and collected $600 in two years for the Relay For Life. Organized, with the help of coaches, public debates on national issues that were open to the community and District 211 personnel. Midwestern University Career Explorers Program for Pharmacy intern; Student-2-Student eighth grade shadow program; Shelter Inc. Thrift Shop volunteer.

Avni Bavishi

Hoffman Estates High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Class: Senior

Parents: Amit and Aesha Bavishi

Sponsor: Sean Armstrong, teacher

Community service: National Honor Society president; for her Girl Scouts Gold Award led more than 20 volunteers in 150-plus hours of service to renovate a Down syndrome awareness center in Hoffman Estates. President of Scout Troop 40113. Volunteer at St. Alexius Medical Center; volunteered more than 400 hours in four years. Student trustee and board member of the Schaumburg Township District Library; vice president of STAND, in charge of making videos, pamphlets and posters to spread awareness about genocide in Darfur; group raised more than $2,000 for refugees.

Laurel Clarkson

Harvest Christian Academy

Hometown: Barrington

Class: Senior

Parents: Thomas and Doreen Clarkson

Sponsor: Jill Nolan, English teacher

Community service: Mission trips to North Carolina, Haiti and Texas; Awana Cubbies leadership; junior high ministry; mentor program

Jenna Cronin

East Leyden High School

Hometown: Franklin Park

Class: Senior

Parents: John and Antoinette Cronin

Sponsor: Gwen Tagtmeier, English teacher

Community service: Teen coach, Leyden Bears cheerleading; co-organized a breast cancer awareness football game that involved ordering T-shirts and socks with all proceeds going to cancer research. Volunteer at the annual fashion show fundraiser for the National Association of Down syndrome. Organize morning lineup of the Franklin Park Fall Fest parade. A lead ACCESS mentor; plan and run activities for classroom of freshmen.

Parth Dalal

DuPage County Leadership Team winner

Glenbard North High School

Hometown: Carol Stream

Class: Senior

Parents: Haresh and Neena Dalal

Sponsor: Robin Craig, guidance counselor

Community service: Carol Stream Youth Council, oversaw food drive; volunteer in Central DuPage Hospital west surgery department; Carol Stream Steering Committee, teenage representative helped plan for a recreation building and pass the referendum; American Cancer Society Relay For Life fundraiser; Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference participant.

Sonia Doshi

Lake County Leadership Team winner

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Hometown: Long Grove

Class: Senior

Parents: Dipak and Ginni Doshi

Sponsor: Brett Erdmann, community service coordinator

Community service: As president of the National Honor Society, led club to organize blood drives and charity fundraisers like Spirit Fest, which raised $20,000 for CASA of Lake County. Freshman mentor in Talented Young Mathematicians program; Model United Nations Help for Haiti campaign; planted trees in a rundown section of Cincinnati; helped organize a religious Midwest Youth Convention.

Ryan Erdmann

Palatine High School

Hometown: Palatine

Class: Senior

Parents: Steve and Deb Erdmann

Sponsor: Michael Hernon, counselor

Community service: Three years as a FIRST Lego League Robotics Team mentor and coach for sixth-graders; after doing PowerPoint and running the soundboard for St. Peter Lutheran Church services for a couple years, organized the Creative Video Team and has begun training younger volunteers to help. Leads the tech crew efforts for St. Peter's vacation Bible school; PADS volunteer at Our Saviour's; squad leader for the youth usher team at St. Peter.

Alex Kessler

Lake Park High School

Hometown: Medinah

Class: Senior

Parents: Steve and Heidi Kessler

Sponsor: Christine Ward, counselor

Community service: As National Honor Society president has organized, overseen, recruited help for more than 50 activities since last May; Trinity Lutheran Church audio/video crew member; organized a Camp Earth community service event promoting awareness of Huntington's disease; Helped fellow student with an Eagle Scout project repainting blacktop games at a local elementary school.

Andrew Leja

St. Viator High School

Hometown: Mount Prospect

Class: Senior

Parents: Walter and Laurie Leja

Sponsor: Principal Eileen Manno

Community service: Volunteered with Peacebuilders initiative; led volunteers to collect 1,000 books to create an English reading program in Belize. Quartermaster for Boy Scout troop; led project to develop three gardens, two benches and redid a gravel path to create a prayer garden. Freshmen and Quest Retreat leader; YMCA Leader in Training for three years. Class treasurer, helped lead fundraiser.

Michael Lilien

Barrington High School

Hometown: Barrington

Class: Senior

Parents: Thomas Lilien; Linda Rothnagel

Sponsor: Matthew Gelon, science teacher

Community service: Tutored students at Grove Elementary; volunteered doing research over the summer with a nonprofit legal aid program; helped distribute textbooks this past summer; route director and registration assistant for Walk With Israel raising money for social service agencies and projects in Israel.

Connie Liou

James B. Conant High School

Hometown: Elk Grove Village

Class: Senior

Parents: Scott Liou; Anna Liao

Sponsor: Principal Timothy Cannon

Community service: Plays violin for patients at Manor Care Rehabilitation Center, helps with Sunday services, crafts and bingo games. Has coordinated school fundraisers for local and global issues -- specifically, initiated sale of Hope for Haiti wristbands and organized fundraiser for Little City Foundation. Team leader for Feed My Starving Children. Through National Honor Society, fundraises, coordinate school events and tutors students. Coaches young string ensembles; organizes performances at nursing homes and hospitals.

Thomas McKenna

Rolling Meadows High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Class: Senior

Parents: John and Kathy McKenna

Sponsor: Katie Page, National Honor Society sponsor

Community service: Small group leader for four-day student-run religious retreat Kairos. Part of a team that leads small groups in his parish's Youth Ministry program through activities and discussions. Annual Catholic Heart Work Camp mission trip to impoverished areas in the U.S., doing yard work, painting, helping in a soup kitchen, etc. At Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya helps counselors manage campers ages 12-13.

Austin Menzia

John Hersey High School

Hometown: Prospect Heights

Class: Senior

Parents: Tim and Genie Menzia

Sponsor: Scott Casagrande, band director

Community service: Section leader and band president, helping incoming freshmen learn to play and march; facilitating auditions, helping run band festival attended by more than 40 schools. Leads school business club DECA, conducting fundraisers for Epilepsy Foundation and others; ran a fundraising project that combines his DECA chapter with the grass-roots organization KIVA. National Honor Society officer; helped on several Eagle Scout projects for friends; Service Over Self Club.

Kelsey Nicpon

Wheeling High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Class: Junior

Parents: Patty and Jim Nicpon

Sponsor: John Kritek, business teacher

Community service: Has volunteered 10 years for Timothy's Ministry, cooking meals, collecting toiletries and clothing for homeless in Chicago. President of Wish Upon A Wildcat club, Wheeling High School's partnership program with Make-A-Wish Foundation that raises money to grant wishes to sick children who live locally. Youth soccer coach with the ACES Elite Soccer Association; Relay For Life team captain, committee member, and in charge of entertainment.

Aakash Patel

Barrington High School

Hometown: South Barrington

Class: Senior Parents: Vikram Patel and Pragna Patel

Sponsor: Thomas Bredemeier, computer science teacher

Community service: Volunteers at the Barrington Area Library three hours a week, answering questions from both patrons and librarians regarding computers and technology.

Julie Patel

James B. Conant High School

Hometown: Roselle

Class: Senior

Parents: Jitendra Patel

Sponsor: Talbott Behnken, Student Council adviser

Community service: Volunteers with patients at Alexian Brothers Rehabilitation Hospital; president of Student Council senior year, chaired Homecoming Week junior year; 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.

Alexander Rogers

Elk Grove High School

Hometown: Elk Grove Village

Class: Senior

Parents: Steve Rogers and Kathy Rogers

Sponsor: Joseph Bush, social science teacher

Community service: Has joined the Ron Santo Diabetes Walk seven years straight to raise money to cure diabetes. Sacrifices his hair every year for St. Baldrick's fundraiser for cancer research. Has helped serve and prepare food at My Brother's Kitchen weekly for three years. Involved with the annual Cancer and Autism Awareness walk; this year he will plan it. Food drive at EGHS.

Connor Rueb

Wauconda High School

Hometown: Lake Barrington

Class: Senior

Parents: Katy Rueb; Chris Rueb

Sponsor: Alan Willhoit, teacher and coach.

Community service: Helped reactivate the Future Business Leaders of America chapter at Wauconda High School; currently president of the 150-member club. Through FBLA he picked apples for a local food pantry; cleaned an animal shelter for Make A Difference Day and cleaned yards. Tutors math and volunteered for the Wauconda Triathlon.

Abhiram Sanka

Lake County Leadership Team winner

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Hometown: Buffalo Grove

Class: Senior

Parents: Hari Sanka, Rani Sanka

Sponsor: Dave Eddy, student activities coordinator

Community service: Involved with Operation Click, encouraging students to embrace safe driving habits and the can collection drive for Vernon Township Food Pantry; Student Leadership Advisory Council liaison to administrators; on the Jefferson Award Student Leaders Committee, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exemplary community service.

Elizabeth Sheehan

Prospect High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Class: Senior

Parents: T.J. Sheehan, Deborah Sheehan, Jeff Reinke

Sponsor: Lyn Scolaro, Italian teacher, student council adviser

Community service: Involved in church services at St. Raymond's de Penefort Church since fifth grade. Over the years, helped Altar Serving Program grow; trained to be a Eucharistic Minister and a lector. Teen leader for church retreats, help with confirmation, and reconciliation. Nurses' assistant for nine weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Northwest Community Hospital.

Joanna Stankowicz

Wheeling High School

Hometown: Mount Prospect

Class: Senior

Parents: Frank and Kathy Stankowicz

Sponsor: Jason Kopkowski, physical education/health teacher

Community service: In April will be going on a medical mission with Baptist Medical and Dental Missions International to assist doctors and dentists both pre- and post-op. Relay For Life team captain and recruiter; participant for five years. Recognized with a bronze medal for service.

Josie Suchecki

Rolling Meadows High School

Hometown: Rolling Meadows

Class: Senior

Parents: Bill and Maureen Suchecki

Sponsor: Todd Hatfield, coach, class sponsor, teacher

Community service: As a cheerleading coach, choreographed routines and attended practices, games and competitions for all four years of high school; more than 640 hours dedicated to coaching cheerleading. Worked the concession stand to help raise money for the National Honor Society, basketball team, and class council.

Andrew Unander

Maine West High School

Hometown: Des Plaines

Class: Senior

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. James Unander

Sponsor: Principal Audrey J. Haugan

Community service: Camp counselor to 10-12 junior high boys at Silver Birch Ranch, a Christian camp in Wisconsin. Part of the setup crew and production team for North Maine Community Church, a "portable" church his family helped found. Band Slam volunteer at South Park Church, helping to set up and tear down the stages, lights, speakers. Honor guard for Maine West senior honors assembly and commencement ceremony.

Amber White

East Leyden High School

Hometown: Schiller Park

Class: Senior

Parents: Dorrene and Matthew White

Sponsor: Mark Reeves, science teacher

Community service: Working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award with a project on bullying: Ran a retreat-style activity last spring with junior high Girl Scouts, teaching them how to handle bullies and cyberbullying in particular. On a committee at the Franklin Park Ice Arena that coordinates a food and coat drive every year; every year she volunteers to sing in the seasonal choirs for Advent and Lent seasons at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church.

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