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  • The Northwest Suburban Alumnae Panhellenic scholarship winners pictured are (l-r): Alison Preissing, Claire Eichmann, Caroline Thompson and Olivia Pesce. Not pictured is Melissa Engel.  Photo taken at the scholarship banquet on April 29, 2013 at the Cotillion in Palatine.

      The Northwest Suburban Alumnae Panhellenic scholarship winners pictured are (l-r): Alison Preissing, Claire Eichmann, Caroline Thompson and Olivia Pesce. Not pictured is Melissa Engel. Photo taken at the scholarship banquet on April 29, 2013 at the Cotillion in Palatine.

 
Jane Russell

The Chicago Northwest Suburban Alumnae Panhellenic (CNWSAP) women held its annual awards banquet on April 24, at the Cotillion in Palatine. Five $1200 scholarships were presented to college-bound women. Each of these young women served in their schools and communities, as well as having excellent scholastic records.

Scholarship winners are: Claire Eichmann from Libertyville High School, who will attend the University of Wisconsin; Melissa Engel of Stevenson High School, who is going to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; Olivia Pesce of Lake Zurich High School, ready to attend Purdue University; Caroline Thompson of Carmel Catholic High School, who will attend the University of Illinois; and Alison Preissing of Prospect High School, heading to Miami of Ohio in the fall. Funds for these scholarships were raised by the women of Northwest Suburban Alumnae Panhellenic.

Each year the CNWSAP is committed to providing scholarships for previous applicants and winners of these scholarships in the amount of $500. Prior applicants and winners must have pledged a sorority to be eligible. Three collegiate scholarships were randomly drawn and announced at the awards banquet.

Outstanding alumnae from each of the sixteen member sororities were honored and Jessie Weachter, president of Panhellenic, was named Outstanding Panhellenic Delegate for 2012-2013.

The Athena Award was given to Francine Spacek of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Francine's special project exemplifies her resourcefulness and motivation. She has distributed over 2,000 quilts to hospitals, organizations for hospice and sexual abuse centers. Over 400 volunteer quilters have participated in making the kits via mail, some from very far away. Not only was Francine a speaker at the Alpha Gamma Delta's 2012 International Reunion Date, but has also been recognized in the Southern Illinois University alumni magazine. Francine's not-for-profit SEWondeful Quilts has been showcased on local television channels 2 and 7. The Athena Award recognizes sorority women who have demonstrated excellence in leadership through their professional, community and cultural involvement.

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