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Honorable mentions: Lake County Leadership Team 2016-2017

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Manal Ahmed
Manal Ahmed -
Manal Ahmed

Libertyville High School

Hometown: Libertyville

Class: Junior

Parents: Saima Abbasi and Rehan Ahmen

Sponsor: Kelly Angelos, counselor

Community service: Tutoring through Boys & Girls Club of Lake County; teacher's assistant at Islamic Foundation North Sunday school; volunteer at The Urban Muslim Minority Alliance Center, helped plan 5K and Field Day and raised funds to make care baskets for refugees; volunteered through Islamic Foundation North Youth Council and Sisters Steppin' Up.

Elizabeth Bartusiak
Elizabeth Bartusiak
Elizabeth Bartusiak

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

Hometown: Lake Forest

Class: Senior

Parents: Paul and Alison Bartusiak

Sponsor: Chris Schmidt, Interim Principal

Community service: Kumbaya Counselor NEIC; planned Project Sisterhood at Feed My Starving Children; organized Pennies for Pandas to benefit World Wildlife Fund for Nature; volunteer at Lake Forest Library; vacation Bible school volunteer at Church of St. Mary.

Olivia Bloemke
Olivia Bloemke
Olivia Bloemke

Grayslake Central High School

Hometown: Grayslake

Class: Senior

Parents: Jeffrey and Amy Bloemke

Sponsor: Dustin Chierico, social studies teacher

Community service: Serving meals to the homeless at Uptown Cafe; mission trip to Dominican Republic; Hunt for the Cure; Students Against Destructive Decisions; mission trip to Thailand.

Mari Brady
Mari Brady
Mari Brady

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart

Hometown: Grayslake

Class: Senior

Parents: Linda Brady

Sponsor: Michael Ford, counselor

Community service: School of St. Malachy in Chicago art and school supplies drive; volunteer at Bernie's Book Bank; volunteer at Feed My Starving Children; volunteer at For Kids 5K; writing and decorating letters to veterans/nursing homes with Service Club.

Lauren Caffarelli
Lauren Caffarelli
Lauren Caffarelli

Carmel Catholic High School

Hometown: Libertyville

Class: Senior

Parents: Rich and Jill Caffarelli

Sponsor: Michael Fitzgibbons, campus minister

Community service: Altar server trainer at St. Mary Parish Buffalo Grove; eighth-grade retreat leader; National Honor Society and Mu Alpha tutor; St. Joe's Parish Libertyville Appalachia mission trip; Eucharistic minister and lector at St. Mary Parish.

Jessica Diol
Jessica Diol
Jessica Diol

Wauconda High School

Hometown: Wauconda

Class: Senior

Parents: Karrie and Steve Diol

Sponsor: Wendy Mills, teacher

Community service: Set up FBLA book drive; serving food and cleanup at Meals for All; FBLA Main Street Mile and Run; reading to elementary schoolchildren; math and English tutoring.

Luke Edwards
Luke Edwards
Luke Edwards

Carmel Catholic High School

Hometown: Libertyville

Class: Senior

Parents: James and Eileen Edwards

Sponsor: Kambra French, mission effectiveness coordinator

Community service: St. Mary of Vernon Youth Ministry Peer Team Leader; Kairos retreat leader; Eucharistic Minister/Liturgy Committee; welcoming incoming students through Ambassador's Club; Catholic Heart Work Camp summer mission trip.

Jacquelyn Garza
Jacquelyn Garza
Jacquelyn Garza

Grayslake North High School

Hometown: Grayslake

Class: Senior

Parents: Janet & Israel Garza

Sponsor: Chris Kubic, Social Studies Dept. chair

Community service: Volunteer juror with Nicasa's Teen Court; serving food and cleaning beds at PADS Homeless Shelter; Autism Camp counselor at Ellis Elementary; helped create Knights United group to promote a healthy lifestyle; volunteer at food drive.

Grace Hurley
Grace Hurley
Grace Hurley

Libertyville High School

Hometown: Libertyville

Class: Senior

Parents: Colleen Hurley, Paul Hurley

Sponsor: Nancy Stevens, counselor

Community service: Stars Special Olympics Swim Club coach; missionary/counselor at Camp Barnabas; volunteer leader for Capernaum group for teenagers with special needs; leader/teacher in the special needs and 1-year-old room at the Chapel; hospital volunteer at Advocate Condell Medical Center.

David Messmer
David Messmer
David Messmer

Lakes Community High School

Hometown: Lindenhurst

Class: Senior

Parents: Matthew Messmer and Kiwol Messmer

Sponsor: Erin Smith, counselor

Community service: Lab assistant at high school Chemistry department; vice president of Lakes Community High School Evergreen Club (environmental club); Tri-M Music Honor Society treasurer; Marching Band trumpet section leader; Church Band.

Patrick Schoenfelder
Patrick Schoenfelder
Patrick Schoenfelder

Antioch Community High School

Hometown: Antioch

Class: Senior

Parents: Steve & Kathy Schoenfelder

Sponsor: Darcy Peck, counselor

Community service: Lakeland Predators Wrestling Club assistant coach; volunteer at Antioch Lions Club Chicken BBQ festival; volunteer at Antioch Parks & Recreation Department July Fourth Festival; volunteer at Antioch Sequoit Pride 5K Run/Walk; Sequoit Wrestling concession stand.

Jason Schulz
Jason Schulz
Jason Schulz

Warren Township High School

Hometown: Gurnee

Class: Senior

Parents: Paul and Bonnie Schulz

Sponsor: Trini Hartley, counselor

Community service: Civil Air Patrol Cadet Deputy Commander; president of the Spanish National Honor Society; volunteering through National Honor Society; captain of the freshman and sophomore soccer teams; student council.

Anne Scoltock
Anne Scoltock
Annie Scoltock

Grayslake North High School

Hometown: Lake Villa

Class: Senior

Parents: James and Mary Pat Scoltock

Sponsor: Dolores Heupel, AP Biology teacher

Community service: Volunteers through National Honor Society; Advocate Condell Hospital student volunteer; Beacon Place community center volunteer, tutor and mentor; foreign exchange student tutoring; SWAT student-run tutoring program

Olivia Shinners
Olivia Shinners
Olivia Shinners

Grant Community High School

Hometown: Ingleside

Class: Senior

Parents: Daniel and Kathy Shinners

Sponsor: Ashley Gaura, teacher and student council sponsor

Community service: Varsity Dance Team captain; organization of homecoming and schoolwide pep rallies in 2015 and 2016 through student council; St. Baldrick's Cancer Fundraiser and Dodgeball Tournament through student council; Big Dawg Mentor to freshman through TEAM.

Leslie Vargas
Leslie Vargas
Leslie Vargas

Round Lake Senior High School

Hometown: Round Lake Beach

Class: Senior

Parents: Luis and Jeannette Vargas

Sponsor: Kelli Snyder/School Counselor

Community service: Center for Conservation Leadership Environmental Volunteer; volunteer at Feed My Starving Children; volunteering through National Honor Society.

Kaitlyn Watkins
Kaitlyn Watkins
Kaitlyn Watkins

Mundelein High School

Hometown: Mundelein

Class: Senior

Parents: Connie Watkins & Tim Watkins

Sponsor: Randy Lerner, Math Department chairman

Community service: Community service project for nonprofit Safe Families for Children; volunteering through National Honor Society; volunteering through FBLA; Assist in organizing Freshman Orientation for Link Crew.

Emma Wenckowski
Emma Wenckowski
Emma Wenckowski

Lake Zurich High School

Hometown: Lake Zurich

Class: Senior

Parents: Eric and Julie Wenckowski

Sponsor: Meghan Wood, counselor

Community service: student council president; F.A.M.E. peer mentorship; P.E. Leadership peer mentor; Locks of Love donation volunteer; organizing volunteer opportunity at Cedar Lake Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Jordan Zatz
Jordan Zatz
Jordan Zatz

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Hometown: Buffalo Grove

Class: Senior

Parents: Rick Zatz and Heather Lajewski

Sponsor: Zara Dittman, Freshman Mentor Program coordinator

Community service: Freshman Mentor Program; Family and Career Community Leaders of America; volunteering through National Honor Society; 300 Hours of Service Club; Class Board/Student Senate.

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