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Article posted: 12/13/2013 5:45 AM

2013-2014 Northwest Suburban Leadership Team honorable mentions

Kristina Arns

Kristina Arns

 
Peter Chung

Peter Chung

 
Nancy Garcia-Prado

Nancy Garcia-Prado

 
Skylar Groth

Skylar Groth

 
Solome Haile

Solome Haile

 
Evan Hernandez

Evan Hernandez

 
Anna Holubecki

Anna Holubecki

 
Kayla Jordan

Kayla Jordan

 
Sofia Kagan

Sofia Kagan

 
Adai Karuthalackal

Adai Karuthalackal

 
Manish Kaushal

Manish Kaushal

 
Stephen Knitter

Stephen Knitter

 
Cynthia Lopez

Cynthia Lopez

 
Oscar Mercado

Oscar Mercado

 
Angelica Mika

Angelica Mika

 
Claudia Nieckarz

Claudia Nieckarz

 
Sam Panitch

Sam Panitch

 
Natalia Parys

Natalia Parys

 
Vivek Patel

Vivek Patel

 
Monica Ramirez

Monica Ramirez

 
Kassidy Riportella

Kassidy Riportella

 
Justin Sindewald

Justin Sindewald

 
Santiago I. Sordo-Palacios

Santiago I. Sordo-Palacios

 
Hitomi Tanaka

Hitomi Tanaka

 
Sonia Thosar

Sonia Thosar

 
Sania Zaffar

Sania Zaffar

 
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Kristina Arns

Bartlett High School

Hometown:Bartlett

Class: Senior

Parents:Sherri and Robert Arns

Sponsor:Michelle McCann, school counselor

Community service:Class council officer; as a Girl Scoutplanned activities for younger Scouts and is working on her Gold Award; serves as a church youth group leader, which includes participation in food bank and Feed My Starving Children activities, mission trips and Leadership Quest; a Peer Tutor; on the Principal Student Advisory committee.

Peter Chung

Barrington High School

Hometown:Barrington Hills

Class: Senior

Parents:Young Chung and Kristen Beyer

Sponsor:Jill Bauer, student volunteer program coordinator,and Jeffrey Doles, video production teacher

Community service:Volunteered with the Barrington Area Community Foundation; visited five locations in Illinois to interview, film and edit video to explain and promote GiGi's Playhouse; founded Uniting People, an organization that promotes school spirit, positive attitudes and schoolwide initiatives; executive committee for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life of Barrington; created a montage video for Barrington High School showcasingstudent philanthropic efforts.

Nancy Garcia-Prado

Wheeling High School

Hometown:Prospect Heights

Class: Senior

Parents:Esperanza Bochette

Sponsor:Mariola Sobol, teacher

Community service:Leads Interact for Africa Club, fundraising and working on projects to help build schools in Africa; Wheeling Food Drive; Operation Snowball; Feed My Starving Children; with Erika's Lighthouse, helps educate on the issue of depression and works with those afflicted.

Skylar Groth

Buffalo Grove High School

Hometown:Buffalo Grove

Class: Senior

Parents:Candace Groth

Sponsor:Zaya DeNardo, teacher and Interact sponsor

Community service:Relay For Life; volunteers at Bessie's Dinner, the soup kitchen at First United Methodist Church in Des Plaines; tutored middle school students; on the board for the Intergenerational Prom; mentors students atSaturday School.

Solome Haile

Hoffman Estates High School

Hometown:Hoffman Estates

Class: Senior

Parents:Solomon Damtew and Aberash Beyene

Sponsor:Kirk Macnider, English teacher

Community service: Tutors peers at the Reading and Tutoring Center at Hoffman Estates High School; National Honor Society; volunteered at a food pantry; has volunteered at the Hoffman Hustle 5K; Feed My Starving Children; sends money and letters to an Ethiopian child to help pay for meals and education.

Evan Hernandez

Bartlett High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Class: Senior

Parents: Tami Hernandez and Julio Hernandez

Sponsor: Stephanie Fullhart, school counselor

Community service: Bingo volunteer at Victory Centre of Bartlett; spoke with elementary schoolchildren about the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program as a U-46 STEM Exposition volunteer; worked at a soup kitchen; helped serve and distribute holiday meals with Hanover Township; Feed My Starving Children.

Anna Holubecki

Maine West High School

Hometown:Des Plaines

Class: Senior

Parents:Ada and Mark Holubecki

Sponsor:Matthew McClure, teacher

Community service:Member of the Youth Advisory Board of the Des Plaines Youth Commission and helps organize the Friends Connect hangout and Family Night; as a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, volunteers fundraising and organizing various events and performances.

Kayla Jordan

East Leyden High School

Hometown:Franklin Park

Class: Senior

Parents:Denise and Carlos Villasenor

Sponsor:Barbara Bylinski, science teacher

Community service: Police Explorer in Franklin Park, working on events including Relay For Life and Railroad Daze; assistant soccer coach with Franklin Park Park District; volunteered with the Faith World Adopt-a-Block program helping to paint, mow lawns and clean up a neighborhood block in Chicago; Faith World Food Pantry; Faith World Children's Church.

Sofia Kagan

The Willows Academy

Hometown:Westmont

Class: Senior

Parents:Al and Adelaida Kagan

Sponsor:Sean M. Brown

Community service: Student council; tutored underclassmen in math and Spanish, also translated math concepts into Spanish for foreign exchange students; Respect Life Club; camp counselor at Camp Luck, an overnight camp for middle school girls; performs at nursing homes, hospitals and various holiday events with the Willows Academy Chamber Choir.

Adai Karuthalackal

Maine East High School

Hometown:Des Plaines

Class: Senior

Parents:Mariamma Karuthalackal and Mathew Karuthalackal

Sponsor:Suzanne Caliendo,school counselor

Community service: Coordinated teen panel on adolescent depressionat Erika's Lighthouse; Cooperative Achievement Tutor; March 2 Recovery, weeklong tornado damage relief effort in southern Indiana; Feed My Starving Children; helped organize a basketball game and raffle for "Stella's Snuggies" through Advocate Children's Hospital.

Manish Kumar Kaushal

Palatine High School

Hometown:Palatine

Class: Senior

Parents:Devinder Kaushal and Sunanda Kaushal

Sponsor:Jennifer Grapenthin, counselor

Community service:National Honor Society; Summit group leader; works in TOPSoccer, a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities; TRUST peer counselor.

Stephen Knitter

Schaumburg High School

Hometown:Schaumburg

Class: Senior

Parents:Michael and Susan Knitter

Sponsor:Brent Swolsky, counselor

Community service:In New York,played bells, cleaned up a kindergarten and painted murals; in Washington, D.C., played bells for veterans; picked up trash, pulled weeds, trimmed bushes, mowed lawns, and made yards look and feel clean for senior citizens through the Age in Place program; assistant teacher at vacation Bible school; Feed My Starving Children.

Cynthia Lopez

St. Francis High School

Hometown: Hanover Park

Class: Senior

Parents: Jose and Diana Lopez

Sponsor: Trudy Rigney, director of guidance

Community service: Helping Others Through Theatre (HOTT); Bloomingdale Police Department, peer jury; St. Isidore Parish, Spanish Choir; mission trips; led and organized winter clothing drive at school and surrounding parishes.

Oscar Mercado

Palatine High School

Hometown: Palatine

Class: Senior

Parents:Maria Bracamones and Adelaido Mercado

Sponsor:Alonso Ramirez, counselor

Community service: Role model for students in grades 6-8 through ICompete; TRUST leader; National Honor Society; Principal's Advisory Board.

Angelica Mika

John Hersey High School

Hometown: Mount Prospect

Class: Senior

Parents:Stan and Liz Mika

Sponsor: Steve Barr, special ed teacher

Community service: Music director for a Sunday school program; religious education teacher's aid; volunteers weekly in a Catholic Charities soup kitchen; assistant to the altar server director, helping with schedules and the training of new servers; library volunteer.

Claudia Nieckarz

Rolling Meadows High School

Hometown:Arlington Heights

Class: Senior

Parents:Bozena & Andy Nieckarz

Sponsor:Eileen Senteno, science teacher

Community service: Local and international volunteering through Interact Rotary; with Italian Club, helped organize a collection of toys and winter wear; Tobacco Information Prevention Program; volunteers at monthly events for Northwest Special Recreation Association; tutors elementary and middle school students; Amnesty International.

Sam Panitch

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Hometown: Buffalo Grove

Class: Senior

Parents: Benjamin & Shari Panitch

Sponsor: Dave Eddy, student activities coordinator

Community service: President of Stevenson's Freshman Mentor Program; member of the Council of 100; a Jefferson Award Student Leader; volunteer coach, youth basketball camp; multiple projects as part of Temple Chai's Social Action Committee.

Natalia Parys

East Leyden High School

Hometown:River Grove

Class: Senior

Parents:Kazimierz and Zofia Parys

Sponsor:Dominic Manola, student activities director

Community service: Volunteered at Resurrection Hospital as a secretary in a doctor's office and in plant operations, where she set up a computer-based system for organizing files; vice president of Interact Club; peer mentor; peer tutor.

Vivek Patel

Glenbard North High School

Hometown: Hanover Park

Class: Senior

Parents: Vinay Patel and Kanchan Patel

Sponsor: Jennifer Diamantos, science teacher

Community service: Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference; Glenbard district student liaison; student council; Glenbard North Student Advisory Committee; student mentoring.

Monica Ramirez

St. Edward Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Class: Senior

Parents: Saul and Estela Ramirez

Sponsor: Tim Brieger, social studies teacher

Community service: Anderson Animal Shelter volunteer, Sparks Academy youth soccer coach, Feed My Starving Children volunteer, varsity soccer.

Kassidy Riportella

Maine West High School

Hometown:Des Plaines

Class: Senior

Parents:Deanne & Steve Riportella

Sponsor:Randy Harper, teacher

Community service: Works in Life Skills classrooms and attends special events with Life Skills students as a volunteer for Friends Connect; group leader with Voice for the Nameless, relating to human rights violations worldwide; volunteers in classrooms, tutors small groups or individual students and helps with after-school activities at Plainfield Elementary School.

Justin Sindewald

James B. Conant High School

Hometown:Schaumburg

Class: Senior

Parents:Sue & Jeff Sindewald

Sponsor:Kim Wiley, college andcareer counselor

Community service: Reads stories, plays games, teaches gospel lessons during Children's Liturgy of the Word; Feed My Starving Children; worked as a Santa's shopping helper; volunteers his lunch period helping peers as a math tutor.

Santiago I. Sordo-Palacios

St. Viator High School

Hometown:Arlington Heights

Class: Senior

Parents:Mr. & Mrs. Jose Sordo

Sponsor:Eileen Manno, principal

Community service: Volunteered with children of immigrants who worked at a racetrack through Kids on Track; mentor at the Campus Life Teen Center; assistant for Sunday school; project planning, justice awareness and direct service as a volunteer with the Justice League; as volunteer with PeaceBuilders Initiative helped plan a service reflection experience for peers and train volunteer leaders.

Hitomi Tanaka

Hoffman Estates High School

Hometown: Hanover Park

Class: Senior

Parents: Steven & Jeanette Tanaka

Sponsor:Sabrina Braaten, counselor

Community service: Serves as Briarwood activity volunteer at Friendship Village of Schaumburg helping with arts and crafts, organizing parties, pushing wheelchairs and more; tutors several children with special needs in math at GiGi's Playhouse; mentors freshmen; board member of PALS, a school club that organizes fundraising and volunteer activities.

Sonia Thosar

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Hometown: Vernon Hills

Class: Senior

Parents: Shilpa and Sunil Thosar

Sponsor: Brett Erdmann, community service coordinator.

Community service: National Honor Society Spirit Fest and Sodexo Appreciation Luncheon; Edufund Class to Class and Book Drive; Project Dance.

Sania Zaffar

Schaumburg High School

Hometown:Schaumburg

Class: Senior

Parents:Zaffar Akhlaq and Kishwar Sheikh

Sponsor:Mary Lopez, social studies teacher

Community service:Aided nurses and patients atSt. Alexius Medical Center; collaborated with American Cancer Society of Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg to develop activities for Relay For Life of 2012; volunteers with Ups 4 Downs performing clerical work in the office, helping at events hosted by the organization and working with children and adults with Down syndrome.

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