Willows Academy

Graduates in Class of 2020: 28

Co-Valedictorians: Anastasia Matuszak, Veronica Kuzuhara

Graduation speaker: Kathryn Stangel

Class officers: President Kathryn Stangel, Vice President Molly Murray, Secretary Julia Massey, Treasurer Veronica Kuzuhara, Trustee Maggie Witt

Academic achievements:

• Clara Kuhlman, Girl Scout Gold Award

• Illinois State Scholars: Tess Birmingham, Anastasia Matuszak, Veronica Ramos Kuzuhara, Marta Trochimowicz, Clare Turano, Ana Velazquez, Maggie Witt.

• Ana Velazquez, National Hispanic Scholar.

Athletic achievements:

• Independent School League All-Conference Seniors: Molly Murray (volleyball, basketball), Kamila Kawa (volleyball), Mary Grace Kenny (volleyball), Kathryn Stangel (basketball)

• IHSA Regional Champions in volleyball

• Independent School League Volleyball Coach of the Year, Michelle D'Amico

• Molly Murray, committed to Catholic University to play basketball; Kathryn Stangel, committed to Lake Forest College to play soccer

Extracurricular achievements: Anastasia Matuszak and Clara Kuhlman, IHSAE Art Exhibit

Theater productions: "Anne of Green Gables," fall play

Senior Class gift: Donation to Annual Fund

What was new for the Class of 2020: New Head of School, Dr. Jaime Vasquez in 2019

Notable visitors: Pep Rally Friday, FOX-32 news, Day of Service

Principal's reflections on the Class of 2020: The class of 2020 has selected a school spirit theme of "Don't just fly, soar." With the eagle as the school mascot, it became the perfect motto for the year. Our seniors worked hard this year to find both big and small opportunities to strive for "above standard" expectations. They took on heavy AP and Honors course loads, they dedicated hundreds of hours of service to their communities, and they invested meaningful time with each other to form solid friendships. The Class of 2020 has soared through the school year

with their heads held high, even when the skies were stormy. They have shown tremendous resilience and positivity that makes this class remarkable role models.

- Head of School Jaime M. Vasquez

  Willows Academy 2020 senior graduation sign. Mark Welsh/
The logo for Willows Academy in Des Plaines. Courtesy of Willows Academy
Willows Academy's Senior Capstone in Des Plaines. Courtesy of Willows Academy
Willows Academy 2019 field day in Des Plaines. Courtesy of Willows Academy
Willows Academy Mardi Gras event. Courtesy of Willows Academy
Willows Academy IHSA Class 1A 2019 regional volleyball champions. Courtesy of Willows Academy
Willows Academy students. Courtesy of Monica Niker
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