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  • 2014-2015 DuPage County Leadership Team Jan 7, 2015 2:48 PM
    Grace Watson puts it best when she says, “I am very proud to say that I have found a way to make some type of difference as a teen.” That’s what volunteering has allowed the senior at Naperville Central High School to accomplish. Watson and other members of the 2014-15 Daily Herald Leadership Team all found ways to make a difference in their communities. We’d like you to meet the members of the DuPage team — winners and honorable mentions.

  • Bolingbrook teen’s lawyer: ISIS isn’t a threat, so neither is my client Oct 10, 2014 8:49 AM
    Tom Durkin, attorney for a Bolingbrook teen accused of heading to Syria to join ISIS, has a lot to say about the terrorist group. “If anyone hasn’t noticed, ISIS went from a group that supposedly wasn’t a threat to the United States to being our existential enemy in a matter of weeks, which I think is a lot of political grandstanding,” he said. “I happen to think this type of prosecution is a misuse of the criminal justice system to really advance our geopolitical purposes.”

  • Bolingbrook teen in terrorism case called intelligent, normal Oct 10, 2014 4:57 AM
    The attorney for Bolingbrook teen accused of trying to join the terrorist group ISIS, Mohammed Hamzah Khan, said he does not believe Khan provided "material support" to ISIS. “My client is a very intelligent and fervent believer of Islam,” Durkin said. “Whether anyone else disagrees with how he sees things is another issue, and that’s his right.”

  • 2013-2014 DuPage County Leadership Team honorable mentions Dec 13, 2013 5:45 AM
    2013-2014 DuPage County Leadership Team honorable mentions

  • Top moments in high school sports Apr 30, 2013 2:29 PM
    High school athletes across the suburbs face off on basketball courts, football fields and baseball diamonds; they size each other up in tennis matches, around golf tees and across wrestling mats. The give it their all for their schools, their teams, their classmates and their coaches. The Daily Herald put together a video to honor athletes at our suburban high schools. Watch this feature to see some of the top moments in high school sports.

  • D214 should insure student athletes Mar 12, 2013 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Don Grossnickle of the Gridiron Alliance says District 214 has an obligation to insure its student-athletes against catastrophic injury. "Anyone agree that it is not the community burden alone, to pick up the pieces and help broken kids and families like we did in 1999?" he writes

  • DuPage Leadership Team honorable mentions Dec 21, 2012 6:50 AM
    2012-2013 DuPage County Leadership Team honorable mentions

  • Northwest Suburban honorable mentions Dec 21, 2012 6:46 AM
    2012-2013 Northwest Suburban Leadership Team honorable mentions

  • 2011-2012 DuPage County Academic Team May 25, 2012 5:00 AM
    The members of the 2011-2012 DuPage County Academic Team are an impressive bunch with a long list of accolades to their credit. But these teenagers care about more than their resumes. They plan to make a difference. "Through my work, I want to be able to give hope to people whose quality of life has been limited by the seemingly impossible," writes Mia Frasca of Wheaton Warrenville South High School.

  • DuPage County honorable mentions May 25, 2012 5:00 AM
    2011-2012 DuPage County Academic Team honorable mentions

  • DuPage County Leadership Team honorable mentions Feb 9, 2012 5:00 AM
    2011-2012 DuPage County Leadership Team honorable mentions

  • Jones, Bulandr earn Swartz honor for CCIW excellence Jan 9, 2012 3:48 PM
    Two former Lake County prep athletes have been honored by the College of Illinois and Wisconsin Conference as top athletes at their schools. Former Warren cross country runner Sarahbeth Jones is Augustana’s women’s winner of the Jack Swartz Award. Peter Bulandr, a former football standout at Stevenson, earned the same honor for men’s sports at North Central College in Naperville.

  • Frederick nets posthumous honor Nov 28, 2011 9:58 PM
    The 2011 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame class includes the late Tom Frederick, who served as athletic director and a coach at Barrington High School. Frederick was the pioneer of the high school athletic administration profession in the United States during his 22 years on the National Federation High School administrative staff.

  • Stoczynski family stays busy Sep 12, 2011 11:12 PM
    Scott Stoczynski is excelling in football at North Dakota State, and the youngest of the family, Becca, is a top attacker for the Hoffman Estates volleyball team.

  • DuPage Academic Team honorable mentions Jun 3, 2011 6:00 AM
    2010- 2011 DuPage County Academic Team honorable mentions

  • 2010-2011 DuPage County Academic Team Jun 3, 2011 6:00 AM
    It's a good way to wrap up the school year -- 24 high schools in DuPage County submitted 42 nominations for the 2010-11 Daily Herald Academic Team. Meet the 10 best.

  • Who’s competing Mar 6, 2011 6:46 AM
    Who will be competing in the Team Dance Illinois championships on Sunday in Peoria.

  • Suburban high schools flock to TeamDance championships in Peoria Mar 6, 2011 7:48 PM
    Poms, flag teams and dancers from more than 100 high schools throughout Illinois are converging on the Peoria Civic Center today for one of prep sports' most colorful state championships. But if you think “best in poms” means a traditional halftime routine, think again. Just the name of the sanctioning organization — TeamDance Illinois — reflects the trend. In all, more than 2,000 students will be competing, as they showcase the best dance, flag and poms routines from throughout the state.

  • 2010-2011 DuPage County Leadership Team Jan 26, 2011 7:01 PM
    Kendall Ciesemier, Wheaton North High School Hometown: Wheaton Class: Senior Parents: Mike and Ellery Ciesemier Sponsor: Carol McCallum, counselor Community service: Founded Kids Caring 4 Kids; Children's Memorial Hospital Kids Advisory Board member; Founder of the Dance 4 Lifesong campaign; Participates in FLOCK, a peer mentoring group for special-needs students Personal statement: “I have experienced, first hand, the power of a story to inspire, educate, motivate and change lives. I desire to create stories that evoke this kind of change in others. In learning how to be an effective communicator, I can empower my audience with knowledge to go out into the world and address our greatest societal struggles.” Sponsor's endorsement: “She is warm, caring and compassionate. Her qualities exemplify those that are shown to her from others. She has been active in student council, an officer, a leader for FLOCK and Adaptive PE, helping students with special needs, and serving on many committees. She is one of the most successful young women I know and she has not yet stepped foot on a campus to begin her collegiate experience. Rachael Holland, Waubonsie Valley High School Hometown: Aurora Class: Senior Parents: Stephanie Holland Sponsor: Andrew Krueger, Spanish teacher Community service: President of the school's Key Club; participates in regular volunteer events; Peer Ministry Team member; Girl Scouts, served as a program leader at a summer camp; tutoring and community service projects through Spanish Honor Society Personal statement: “For some people, volunteering is an obligation, a necessity for a college application. Fortunately, I have found quite the opposite. Even though I expect to assist people in need, they usually help me more. With each new event, I learn something new, and my eyes are opened to see a new aspect of life.” Sponsor's endorsement: “I had the distinct pleasure of having Rachael as an active leader of Waubonsie Valley Key Club since I have been a sponsor. Rachael was more than the ideal student member, as she always demonstrated outstanding organizational and leadership skills. She is currently the most active member of the executive board and has earned my deepest respect.” Kirsten Keller, Downers Grove North High School Hometown: Downers Grove Class: Senior Parents: Ken and Sue Keller Sponsor: Ken Sorensen, assistant principal Community service: Volunteered time to promote and raise money for the Invisible Children organization; “Haiti's Lunchbox” planning committee member; organized a school supply drive for needy schools in New Orleans; West Suburban Humane Society volunteer; Hinsdale Community Service volunteer Personal statement: “I would like other teens to know and realize that starting and organizing events isn't something only initiated by adults; You can start anything you want to. We are the future, and we can and need to start taking action as soon as possible in order to hope for a better future. It may be intimidating and stressful to plan everything on your own and make that first call about securing a venue for your event, but it is doable. And many times, student-initiated projects have a bigger effect and impact on others.” Sponsor's endorsement: “I have had the pleasure of working with her for three years as she has led several school initiatives to help those in need: locally, nationally and globally. She has a genuine desire and motivation to help others.” Tahseen Khaleel, College Preparatory School of America Hometown: Oak Brook Class: Senior Parents: Mohemad Rizwan Khaleel and Shahida Tanveer Sponsor: Nafe M. Hussein, counselor Community service: Worked as a volunteer surveyor for the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Helping Hands USA volunteer; Feedy for the Needy; DuPage County Election Commission's First Judge Program; chamber judge for Illinois Congressional Debate Association student debate tournaments Personal statement: “I want to always be able to lend a hand to those in need of assistance in whatever way I can, whether it be by taking part in a medicine and blanket drive or working at a soup kitchen. I want to continue doing humanitarian work by taking up a profession in which I am always giving back to society.” Sponsor's endorsement: “She is an exceptional student, with great character and excellent leadership qualities. She is really a tremendous role model.” Joey Kim, Neuqua Valley High School Hometown: Naperville Class: Senior Parents: Taek Kyum Kim and Young Kim Sponsor: Chad Allen, counselor Community service: Founded, produced, directed and performed in a benefit recital in 2009 and 2010; provided free violin lessons to young musicians; South Dakota mission trip; DuPage Children's Museum Personal statement: “To start out with a small flicker of my own dream and to let it shine brilliantly enough to convince others to follow were perhaps the most challenging tasks I had ever experienced in my life. There were no textbooks, no formulas, no step-by-step recipe books to cook up a dream into a reality. Instead, I had to rely on my vision of planning, leadership and people skills, and a firm faith that what I believed in was a worthy cause.” Sponsor's endorsement: “Out of our entire senior class in our school, he is the unique student that takes on the initiative to make our school a better place. He seems to be involved in all aspects at our school and when he gets involved, he gives everything he has and represents our school well. This is the student that staff and administration often call up when help is needed.” Elizabeth S. Lee, Lake Park High School Hometown: Bloomingdale Class: Senior Parents: Sangmin Gilbert and Larry Gilbert Sponsor: Christine Ward, counselor Community service: Volunteers with World Relief DuPage as a ESL tutor for refugees; initiated a dental awareness program for refugee children and their parents through World Relief and for students at her high school; wrote and published two children's dental books; created a website for children's dental awareness ( Personal statement: “Helping the community has always been a very crucial issue for me. Since my freshman year, I have been volunteering through World Relief and tutoring an Iranian refugee family. I have immigrated twice in my life already, once from South Korea to Germany and then from Germany to the United States. I understand fully how hard it can be to be integrated into a society as a stranger.” Sponsor's endorsement: “I'm really in awe of this young (woman) because she is so humble and not aware at all of what a huge impact she has on those around her. She appreciates anything and everything you do and doesn't take anything for granted.” Michelle Quinn, St. Francis High School Hometown: Wheaton Class: Senior Parents: Monica and William J. Quinn Sponsor: Trudy Rigney, director of guidance Community service: Week of Hope mission trips; tutoring and visiting underprivileged children; Hope for Haiti fundraising; religious education teaching assistant; Student Ministry Team Personal statement: “‘We can do no great things, only small things with great love.' This quote by Mother Teresa sums up my life goals. She says that her accomplishments are nothing great compared to the love she feels for others. Her famous quote has become my mantra, words I live by. I look at my accomplishments not as great acts that change the world, but as great acts of love that change someone's world. My experience in community service and leadership have taught me many things, they have shaped my life goal into a very simple concept, love the people in front of you and never miss the opportunity to help someone in need.” Sponsor's endorsement: “She leads by example both inside and outside the classroom. No job is too small for her — she will pitch in without seeking recognition for herself.” Brittany Ruhland, Naperville Central High Hometown: Naperville Class: Senior Parents: Sue and Jim Ruhland Sponsor: Matt Gresk and Becky Swiontek, sponsors of Rotary Interact Club Community service: Rotary Interact Service Club; Ready, Set, Ride volunteer; Safety Town instructor; Naper Boulevard Library summer reading program teen leader; Naper Settlement volunteer Personal statement: “I have no idea what I'm going to do with my life. I vacillate between biology, business, astrophysics, Spanish and journalism. I don't even know what I'm going to eat for lunch tomorrow. I do know, however, how I'm going to unleash myself on the world, shown by every project I take on. They all require passion. Not just a love of helping people, but real passion; the kind that isn't satisfied by clocking in with tunnel vision and not going above and beyond.” Sponsor's endorsement: “She always has a positive attitude, good sense of humor, and is a very responsible young woman. The Rotary Interact Club motto is ‘Service Above Self,' and we believe that she has done an outstanding job embodying the club's motto.” Irving Ruiz, Glenbard West High School Hometown: Glen Ellyn Class: Senior Parent: Inocencia Escobar Sponsor: Kate Culloton, counselor Community service: Multi-Cultural Achievement Club; Church of the Resurrection youth group leader; Paths group founder; volunteer translator; tutors neighborhood children Personal statement: “My next step in life is to go to college and study sociology and psychology. Since I had such a difficult childhood, I want to give back to kids with similar situations as mine growing up. I have numerous people to thank for where I am now, but the most important person would have to be my mother. She never gave up on me when other people did. She reminds me every day: ‘Keep working hard, and never let anyone tell you that you can't make it because you're almost there.' These words are with me always.” Sponsor's endorsement: “His relationship with his mother is an incredible testament to love and service as well. He sees the sacrifices of his mother as a motivator for all he will do in his own life. Perhaps this is the single aspect that sets him apart from other leaders within our school.” Caroline Sterr, Downers Grove North High Hometown: Downers Grove Class: Senior Parents: Martin and Chris Sterr Sponsor: Ken Sorensen, assistant principal Community service: Initiated and organized an effort to raise more than $20,000 to pack 108,000 meals sent to Haiti; Community Christian Church small group leader and camp counselor; helped plan and performed in an Invisible Children benefit concert Personal statement: “I believe that the only important things a person can do are the things that improve the lives of others. It is my greatest dream to continue to do just that; to change lives even in the smallest ways. I dream of yearly events similar to Haiti's Lunchbox, because I have already seen the way it transforms a community. ... I dream of using my life to change lives and hopefully the world.” Sponsor's endorsement: “As a result of her leadership abilities and positive rapport with her peers, hundreds of students, staff and community members were offered service opportunities that they wouldn't have had without her initiative, effort and leadership. Her global concern and heart for volunteering is truly admirable.”

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