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Northwest Suburban honorable mentions

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  • Victoria Bilello

      Victoria Bilello

  • Theresa Finneran

      Theresa Finneran

  • Sangrag Ganguli

      Sangrag Ganguli

  • Ethan Gordon

      Ethan Gordon

  • Emma Hogaboom

      Emma Hogaboom

  • Michelle Kelrikh

      Michelle Kelrikh

  • Ricky Krajewski

      Ricky Krajewski

  • Mara Leane

      Mara Leane

  • Tyler Levy

      Tyler Levy

  • Alyssa Lopez

      Alyssa Lopez

  • Michael Maley

      Michael Maley

  • Taryn Neubecker

      Taryn Neubecker

  • Vrutisha Patel

      Vrutisha Patel

  • Eduardo Perez

      Eduardo Perez

  • Rebecca Rasmussen

      Rebecca Rasmussen

  • Mark Sandel

      Mark Sandel

  • Kevin Schreiber

      Kevin Schreiber

  • Adil Shoeb

      Adil Shoeb

  • Ann Singer

      Ann Singer

  • Tyler Smith

      Tyler Smith

  • Ariel Smolik-Valles

      Ariel Smolik-Valles

  • Joe Sulentic

      Joe Sulentic

  • Riannon Szofer

      Riannon Szofer

  • Elizabeth Tokarz

      Elizabeth Tokarz

  • Gabriela Vaca

      Gabriela Vaca

  • Andrea Wojciechowski

      Andrea Wojciechowski

 

Victoria Bilello

The Willows Academy

Hometown: Mundelein

Class: Senior

Parents: Evelyn and Lawrence Bilello

Sponsor: Sean M. Brown, director of college counseling

Community service: Tutored inner city children in Milwaukee; visited residents of Winchester House; assisted at a horse farm specializing in the development of disabled children; helped distribute food baskets to inner city families at Midtown Center; at Willows Academy tutors high school and middle school students and is a teacher's aide

Theresa R. Finneran

Schaumburg High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Class: Senior

Parents: Kate and Dan Finneran

Sponsor: Brent Swolsky, counselor

Community service: Worked construction on a 10-day Appalachian Service Project; volunteers with St. Marcelline Church doing general community outreach and serving as a teen catechist; works with the vacation Bible school program at Church of the Holy Spirit; sits on the Schaumburg Police Department's Peer Jury; Operation Snowball leader

Sangrag Ganguli

Hoffman Estates High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Class: Senior

Parents: Madhumita and Ranajoy Ganguli

Sponsor: Derek Fivelson, math teacher

Community service: Volunteered at Alden Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center; tutors students, kindergarten through high school, at Kumon Math and Reading Tutoring Center; packaged food for the Feed My Starving Children organization

Ethan Gordon*

*Named to the Fox Valley Leadership Team

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora

Hometown: Buffalo Grove

Class: Senior

Parents: Lauren and David Gordon

Sponsor: Jim Gerry, chief information officer

Community service: Titan Robotics FIRST Team, Advanced Computer Association, Student Computing Services, technology coach at Ivy Hall Elementary School

Emma Hogaboom

St. Viator High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Class: Senior

Parents: Dave Hogaboom and Colleen Gaughan

Sponsor: Joe Majkowski,director of counseling

Community service: Participated in a Peacebuilders Initiative retreat and yearlong service project; volunteers as a Retreat Leader at St. Viator High School; Youth Congress member and service project co-planner with Viatorian Youth Congress; volunteered with a mission trip through Catholic Heart Work Camp; participates with St. James Youth Ministry in a teen leadership role

Michelle Kelrikh*

*Named to the Lake County Leadership Team

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Hometown: Buffalo Grove

Class: Senior

Parents: Alexander and Alla Kelrikh

Sponsor:Ted Goergen, student activities director

Community service: Founder and president of 75-member Kiva Club, raising $20,000 to help 500 entrepreneurs in 39 countries through microfinance; volunteer at Center on Wrongful Convictions helping attorneys with their caseloads; freshman mentor; volunteer counselor at camp for children and teens with special needs; organized dance marathon to raise money for a home for adults with developmental disabilities

Ricky Krajewski

East Leyden High School

Hometown: River Grove

Class: Senior

Parents: Sharon and David Krajewski

Sponsor: Michael Tazic, social studies teacher

Community service: Performed Eagle Scout project at the Moose Lodge; participates in annual door-to-door food drive through the Boy Scouts of America; volunteers annually at the St. Cyprian Parish outdoor block party; volunteers as a Junior Black Belt teaching children the basics of self-defense through the Goju-Shorei Kids Karate Club; through the National Honor Society works on the Adopt a Road program.

Mara Leane

Prospect High School

Hometown: Mount Prospect

Class: Senior

Parents: Joseph and Lori Leane

Sponsor: Lyn Scolaro, student council adviser

Community service: Active Student Council member and president; volunteers at the Mount Prospect Public Library; worked as a volunteer assistant dance instructor with the Mount Prospect Park District; co-sponsored events and organized volunteer activities as an active Knights Way member and leader; is a Literacy Center tutor.

Tyler Levy

Wheeling High School

Hometown: Wheeling

Class: Senior

Parents: Monica and Robert Levy

Sponsor: Sara Strauss,math teacher

Community service: Volunteers with the Gateway to Technology program;participated in Relay For Life;tutors middle school and high school students; active member of student council, the Wheeling Political Action Club and the Accounting Club; volunteered at the Interact With Africa fundraising basketball game and with the American Cancer Society

Alyssa Lopez

St. Edward Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Streamwood

Class: Senior

Parents: Albert and Abigail Lopez

Sponsor: Kerry O'Brien, head of Counseling Services

Community service: Streamwood Park District; teacher aide for St. John the Evangelist religious education; children and teen aide at Poplar Creek Library; senior aide, The Vines Senior Home; musical accompanist for Independent Players

Michael Maley

Buffalo Grove High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Class: Senior

Parents: Kimberly Maley

Sponsor: Elizabeth Bennett, orchestra director

Community service: Organized and oversaw a clothing drive through District 21; serves as National Honor Society president and has worked on various fundraising and community service projects; has performed national and local community service work through Kingswood United Methodist Church; did an Eagle Scout service project through Boy Scouts of America; worked as a campaign intern for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk

Taryn Neubecker

Schaumburg High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Class: Senior

Parents: Bob and Renee Neubecker

Sponsor: Brent Swolsky, counselor

Community service: National Honor Society; serves as a guide, mentor and resource to other students through Peer Counseling; volunteers as a Student Ambassador; active participant of the Youth Ensemble at Church of the Holy Spirit; active volunteer with Students Helping Others organization

Vrutisha Patel

Wheeling High School

Hometown: Wheeling

Class: Junior

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Patel

Sponsor: Shelly Wiegel, math teacher

Community service: Tutors Holmes Middle School students; volunteers at the Greek American Care and Rehab Center; helped with the summer reading program at Indian Trails Public Library; works in the day care at Whitman Elementary School; volunteered at the Wheeling High School bake sale for breast cancer awareness.

Eduardo Perez

Elgin High School

Hometown: Hanover Park

Class: Senior

Parents: Jose Eduardo Perez and Margarita Perez

Sponsor: Cristina Cabrera, Gifted and Talented Academy director

Community service: President, National Honor Society chapter, leading their numerous volunteer projects and fundraisers; Students Today, Leaders Forever, Pay It Forward Tour; blood donations for Heartland Blood Centers; French Honor Society, tutor

Rebecca Rasmussen

East Leyden High School

Hometown: Franklin Park

Class: Senior

Parents: James and Margaret Rasmussen

Sponsor: Bryan Miller, music departmentchairman

Community service: Volunteered with Relay For Life; serves as a music minister at St. Cyprian's Parish; Book Buddies Reading volunteer at the Franklin Park Library; serves as a mentor with the ACCESS (A Caring Community Empowering Student Success) freshman mentoring program.

Mark Sandel

Prospect High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Class: Senior

Parents: Donald and Georgi Sandel

Sponsor: Kurt Laakso, principal

Community service: Worked building and reconstructing homes, ramps, and other areas in Greensboro, N.C., with the St. James Mission Team; organized a schoolwide spirit video as a member of Knights Way; constructed homes with Habitat for Humanity; volunteers with the St. James PADS shelter program

Kevin Schreiber

St. Viator High School

Hometown: Rolling Meadows

Class: Senior

Parents: Gregg and Nadine Schreiber

Sponsor: Joe Majkowski,director of counseling

Community service: Organized EKG testing at St. Viator High School through Screens For Teens; founding group member of the Children of Abraham Coalition, which promotes peace and understanding among different faiths; helps incoming freshmen adjust to high school through the Link Crew; is an active member of the Justice League; volunteers with Salute Inc.

Adil Mohammed Shoeb

College Preparatory School of America, Lombard

Hometown: Streamwood

Class: Senior

Parents: Mohammed Shoeb and Masarrath Shoeb

Sponsor: Duc Do, instruction specialist

Community service: St. Alexius Medical Center volunteer; FFN (Food for the Needy) volunteer; Camp Busy Bees camp counselor; National Honor Society peer tutoring, Habitat for Humanity volunteer

Ann Singer

James B. Conant High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Class: Senior

Parents: Richard and Etsuko Singer

Sponsor: Asra Syed, English teacher

Community service: Student council president; founding member of the charity Holiday Heroes; volunteers for various community service and fundraising event through National Honor Society; participated in Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk, Light the Night for Leukemia& Lymphoma, and YOX Trot; volunteer/intern forJohn Lawson's campaign for state representative

Tyler Smith

Bartlett High School

Hometown: Bartlett

Class: Senior

Parents: Kevin and Mary Beth Smith

Sponsor: Laura Laursen

Community service: Organized a 5K run to benefit the Kawasaki Foundation; performed various fundraising and community service projects through National Honor Society; serves as a Peer Leader, volunteers as an assistant coach and umpire with the Bartlett Little League; participated in class council

Ariel Smolik-Valles

Maine West High School

Hometown: Des Plaines

Class: Senior

Parents: Lorenzo and Eileen Valles

Sponsor: Principal Audrey Haugan

Community service: Works as a member of the TechCrew at North Maine Community Church; volunteered filling food packs for Feed My Starving Children; as a member of the Class of 2013 Class Council organized and planned fundraisers and school dances; has volunteered with various schoolwide fundraising events

Joe Sulentic

James B. Conant High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Class: Senior

Parents: Theresa and Mike Sulentic

Sponsor: Yvette Jones, guidance counselor

Community service: Peer Ministry leader at St. Hubert Parish; organized a food packaging event for teammates and friends through the Feed My Starving Children organization; volunteered with Feed Chicago's Homeless; participates in various service and fundraising events through National Honor Society.

Riannon Szofer

Bartlett High School

Hometown: Carol Stream

Class: Senior

Parents: Jerry and Sharon Szofer

Sponsor: Erin Gorman,guidance counselor

Community service: Participant in the Relay For Life of Bartlett, Hanover Park, Streamwood area; volunteer with the Just Play community event through the Carol Stream Park District; peer tutor at Bartlett High School; helped raise funds for MS through Crop for a Cause; participant in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk; president of both student council and National Honor Society; serves on Class Council

Elizabeth Tokarz

William Fremd High School

Hometown: Palatine

Class: Senior

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Tokarz

Sponsor: Joseph Rodino, science teacher

Community service: Participated with the Peacebuilders Initiative; worked with the baby closet at Society of the Preservation of Human Dignity; member of Peer Ministry at Holy Family Catholic Community, serving as a role model; served as a team leader for Relay For Life to benefit the American Cancer Society

Gabriela Vaca

Elk Grove High School

Hometown: Des Plaines

Class: Senior

Parents: Gabriela Viveros and Jorge Martinez

Sponsor: Scott C. Deutsch, counselor

Community service: Serves as a Peer Helper at Elk Grove High School; member of the choir at Elk Grove Presbyterian Church; worked on various service projects through the National Honor Society; active member of the Latino Leadership Council; serves on the Principals Advisory Council

Andrea Wojciechowski

Lake Park High School

Hometown: Roselle

Class: Senior

Parents: Bill and Diane Wojciechowski

Sponsor: D. KellyBaugher

Community service: Roselle/Itasca Peer Jury; National Honor Society; Mission Church, kids worship leader; Bloomingdale Park District 5K Run volunteer; Ryder Cup volunteer

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