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2013-2014 Northwest Suburban Leadership Team honorable mentions

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  • 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

 

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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