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See scenes from the Daily Herald's Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre Sunday. Several hundred students from 68 area high schools were honored. In addition, awards recognizing sportsmanship, overcoming obstacles, heart & soul, sweet performances, and coaches were announced.

Rolling Meadows'  Jake Barson, left, receives a congratulatory hug from Wheeling's Theresa  Godlewski following  the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Barson received a Spirit of Sportsmanship Award as part of the event.
  Rolling Meadows' Jake Barson, left, receives a congratulatory hug from Wheeling's Theresa Godlewski following the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Barson received a Spirit of Sportsmanship Award as part of the event.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Athletes and their families enter  the main floor for the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Athletes and their families enter the main floor for the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Comedian Mike Toomey entertains during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Comedian Mike Toomey entertains during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Guests make pictures of the names of honorees displayed on a scrolling scoreboard during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Guests make pictures of the names of honorees displayed on a scrolling scoreboard during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Guests enter  the main floor for the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Guests enter the main floor for the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Guests have their picture made near a large ice sculpture during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Guests have their picture made near a large ice sculpture during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Guests have their picture made near a large ice sculpture during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Guests have their picture made near a large ice sculpture during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
A group of honorees from Glenbard West gather for a picture during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  A group of honorees from Glenbard West gather for a picture during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Drumline musicians from Hersey High School entertain during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Drumline musicians from Hersey High School entertain during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Guests have their picture made near a large ice sculpture during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Guests have their picture made near a large ice sculpture during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Daily Herald Lake County Sports Editor and program co-host Joe Aguilar high-fives the Larkin Royals mascot during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Daily Herald Lake County Sports Editor and program co-host Joe Aguilar high-fives the Larkin Royals mascot during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Guests watch a high school sports season retrospective video during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Guests watch a high school sports season retrospective video during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Guests watch a high school sports season retrospective video during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Guests watch a high school sports season retrospective video during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
St. Charles North's Taryn Dal Degan, right, received a Spirit of Sportsmanship Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Presenting the award is Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod.
  St. Charles North's Taryn Dal Degan, right, received a Spirit of Sportsmanship Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Presenting the award is Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Various school mascots participate during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Various school mascots participate during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Rolling Meadows' swimming coach Monika Chiapetta, left, congratulates Wheeling's Theresa Godlewski following the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Rolling Meadows' swimming coach Monika Chiapetta, left, congratulates Wheeling's Theresa Godlewski following the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Rolling Meadows' swimmer Jake Barson, second from left, received a Spirit of Sportsmanship Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. With Barson are Daily Herald program co-hosts Patricia Babcock McGraw, left, and Joe Aguilar, right. Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod presented Barson with the award.
  Rolling Meadows' swimmer Jake Barson, second from left, received a Spirit of Sportsmanship Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. With Barson are Daily Herald program co-hosts Patricia Babcock McGraw, left, and Joe Aguilar, right. Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod presented Barson with the award.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Wheeling's Deanna Kuzmanic was recognized with the Overcoming Obstacle Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Receiving the award on Deanna's behalf was her dad Bob Kuzmanic , right.  Sara Odland-Beyna of Amita Health presented the award.
  Wheeling's Deanna Kuzmanic was recognized with the Overcoming Obstacle Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Receiving the award on Deanna's behalf was her dad Bob Kuzmanic , right. Sara Odland-Beyna of Amita Health presented the award.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Hinsdale Central's Matt Rafferty   was recognized with the Overcoming Obstacle Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Receiving the award on Matt's behalf was Hinsdale Central athletic director  Dan Jones , left. Sara Odland-Beyna, center, of Amita Health presented the award. They are pictured with Joe Aguilar of the Daily Herald.
  Hinsdale Central's Matt Rafferty was recognized with the Overcoming Obstacle Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Receiving the award on Matt's behalf was Hinsdale Central athletic director Dan Jones , left. Sara Odland-Beyna, center, of Amita Health presented the award. They are pictured with Joe Aguilar of the Daily Herald.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Jacob's Lauren Van Vlierbergen, right, was recognized with the Heart & Soul Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Presenting the award was Carey Lynch of the Marquardt of Barrington Buick and GMC dealership .
  Jacob's Lauren Van Vlierbergen, right, was recognized with the Heart & Soul Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Presenting the award was Carey Lynch of the Marquardt of Barrington Buick and GMC dealership .
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Bartlett's Denise Sarna was recognized with the Coach Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. In Sarna's absence and accepting on her behalf was Bartlett Athletic Director Jeff Bral, left, and former Bartlett player Lindsay Schrader, right.  Novatoo Audio Visual's Mike Erickson, center, presented the award.
  Bartlett's Denise Sarna was recognized with the Coach Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. In Sarna's absence and accepting on her behalf was Bartlett Athletic Director Jeff Bral, left, and former Bartlett player Lindsay Schrader, right. Novatoo Audio Visual's Mike Erickson, center, presented the award.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
West Chicago Community High School's  Dan McCarthy, second from left,  was recognized with the Coach Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Novatoo Audio Visual's Mike Erickson, center right, presented the award. At left and right are program hosts Patricia Babcock McGraw and Joe Aguilar of the Daily Herald.
  West Chicago Community High School's Dan McCarthy, second from left, was recognized with the Coach Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Novatoo Audio Visual's Mike Erickson, center right, presented the award. At left and right are program hosts Patricia Babcock McGraw and Joe Aguilar of the Daily Herald.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Fremd's Haley Gorecki, right, received the Sweetness Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Presenting the award were the Daily Herald's Patricia Babcock McGraw, left, and Jennifer Walker of Tate & Lyle .
  Fremd's Haley Gorecki, right, received the Sweetness Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Presenting the award were the Daily Herald's Patricia Babcock McGraw, left, and Jennifer Walker of Tate & Lyle .
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Stevenson's Jalen Brunson, center,  received the Sweetness Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Presenting the award were the Daily Herald's Joe Aguilar , right,  and Jennifer Walker, left,  of Tate & Lyle .
  Stevenson's Jalen Brunson, center, received the Sweetness Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Presenting the award were the Daily Herald's Joe Aguilar , right, and Jennifer Walker, left, of Tate & Lyle .
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Athletes stand to be recognized during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Athletes stand to be recognized during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Athletes and their guests enter the main floor during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Athletes and their guests enter the main floor during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Guests gather in the lobby before  the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Guests gather in the lobby before the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Guests pose in a photo booth during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Guests pose in a photo booth during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Guests make pictures of honoree names on the video board during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Guests make pictures of honoree names on the video board during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Comedian Mike Toomey entertains during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
  Comedian Mike Toomey entertains during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Geneva's Pace Temple, left, was recognized with the Heart & Soul Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Temple is pictured with Joe Aguilar of the Daily Herald.
  Geneva's Pace Temple, left, was recognized with the Heart & Soul Award during the Daily Herald Prep Excellence event at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates Sunday afternoon. Temple is pictured with Joe Aguilar of the Daily Herald.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
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