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Daily Herald celebrates top suburban prep athletes

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Athletes, from left, Olivia Jakubicek of Cary-Grove High School, Meri Bennett-Swanson of Vernon Hills High School, and Ashley McConnell of Fremd High School pose for pictures during the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence event at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday.

Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

More than 300 of the suburbs' top prep athletes attended the Daily Herald's Prep Sports Excellence banquet at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday. The first-time event celebrated the dedication and achievements of young athletes from 60 high schools.

Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

Daily Herald Lake County High School Sports Coordinator Joe Aguilar, right, introduces keynote speaker Jarrett Payton during the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence banquet at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday.

Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

Patrick Kunzer/pkunzer@dailyherald.com Members of the John Hersey High School drum line perform during the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence Awards Ceremony at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday.

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About 350 of the suburbs' top high school athletes and their families filled the Sears Centre Arena on Sunday for the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence banquet. The first-time event celebrated the prowess, dedication and determination of the athetes. Featured speaker Jarrett Payton encouraged the students to seek greatness and serve their communities.
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    • Athletes, from left, Olivia Jakubicek of Cary-Grove High School, Meri Bennett-Swanson of Vernon Hills High School, and Ashley McConnell of Fremd High School pose for pictures during the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence event at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday.
    •  More than 300 of the suburbs’ top prep athletes attended the Daily Herald’s Prep Sports Excellence banquet at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday. The first-time event celebrated the dedication and achievements of young athletes from 60 high schools.
    •  Daily Herald Lake County High School Sports Coordinator Joe Aguilar, right, introduces keynote speaker Jarrett Payton during the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence banquet at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday.
    • Patrick Kunzer/pkunzer@dailyherald.com Members of the John Hersey High School drum line perform during the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence Awards Ceremony at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday.
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