Honorable mentions: DuPage County Leadership Team. 2015-2016

 
Posted1/14/2016 5:13 AM
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Nick Albert
Nick Albert
Nick Albert

Wheaton Warrenville South

Hometown: Wheaton

Class: Senior

Parents: Liz and Scott Albert

Sponsor: Mike Kosky, counseling department chair

Community service: Key Club president and volunteer; Special Olympics volunteer basketball coach; freshman mentor; student council member

Maham Alvi
Maham Alvi
Maham Alvi

Glenbard East High School

Hometown: Lombard

Class: Senior

Parents: Iftekhar Samad and Ishrat Samad

Sponsor: Jim Greener, school counselor

Community service: Carbondale mosque, holiday event volunteer; Help organize homecoming events at school; Key Club, community service; National Honor Society, community service; Link Crew leader

Seth Baligod
Seth Baligod
Seth Baligod

Glenbard North High School

Hometown: Carol Stream

Class: Senior

Parents: Rosemarie and Jerome Baligod

Sponsor: Adam Heise, teacher

Community service: St. Alexius Medical Center, hospital volunteer; The Write Place, peer tutor

Madison Barella
Madison Barella
Madison Barella

St. Francis High School

Hometown: Glen Ellyn

Class: Senior

Parents: Derek and Heather Barella

Sponsor: Trudy Rigney, director of guidance

Community service: Students Against Destructive Decisions; DuPage County Animal Control Center volunteer; Willowbrook Wildlife Center junior naturalist; National Honor Society service projects; St. Petronille Teen Choir member

Alexis Bass
Alexis Bass
Alexis Bass

Metea Valley High School

Hometown: Aurora

Class: Senior

Parents: Cindy and Dennis Bass

Sponsor: Dave MacDonald, teacher

Community service: ME to WE event; Feed My Starving Children; Volleyball camp for less privileged at her church; Back to School Bash in West Aurora

Scott Becker
Scott Becker
Scott Becker

Aurora Central Catholic High School

Hometown: Aurora

Class: Senior

Parents: Kim and Steve Becker

Sponsor: Bridget Buckley, director of guidance

Community service: Math Honor Society president, National Honor Society, cross country captain, grade school basketball assistant coach

Aleksandra Brzys
Aleksandra Brzys
Aleksandra Brzys

Fenton High School

Hometown: Bensenville

Class: Senior

Parents: Ewa and Piotr Brzys

Sponsor: Teri Wood, director of community relations and community service

Community service: Special Olympics basketball, peer coach; school newspaper editor; Wood Dale Public Library, event volunteer; Alexian Brothers Medical Center volunteer; Peer Jury member

Grace Butuyan
Grace Butuyan
Grace Butuyan

Timothy Christian High School

Hometown: Melrose Park

Class: Senior

Parents: Warren and Lynette Butuyan

Sponsor: Ann Raley, registrar

Community service: Grace Montessori School, classroom aide; Immanuel Community Church, children's church worship team; Immanuel Community Church, event volunteer; Immanuel Community Church, Sunday school classroom aide; Pacific Garden Mission, volunteer

Aracely Cholula
Aracely Cholula
Aracely Cholula

West Chicago Community High School

Hometown: West Chicago

Class: Senior

Parents: Cirila Luna and Lucio Cholula

Sponsor: Nick Caltagirone, social studies teacher

Community service: Interact Club, community and school service; WeGo Global, Relay For Life 2015; Ambassador's Club, school service; National Honor Society, various events throughout the school year; Compass, different fundraisers

Kaitlin Clark
Kaitlin Clark
Kaitlin A. Clark

Glenbard South High School

Hometown: Lombard

Class: Senior

Parents: Kathrine and Marvin Clark Sr.

Sponsor: Jennifer Pacheco, guidance counselor

Community service: Lifesource blood donor; Hope House of Chicago volunteer; Habitat for Humanity volunteer; Glenbard South High School Football sound technician; Feed My Starving Children volunteer

Drew Danko
Drew Danko
Drew Danko

Metea Valley High School

Hometown: Aurora

Class: Senior

Parents: Michael and Shannon Danko

Sponsor: Adam Page, newspaper adviser

Community service: Fresh Connect, mentor/executive board; Special Olympics coach; peer tutor/mentor; helps coach middle school girls volleyball team

Alexander Deske
Alexander Deske
Alexander Deske

Glenbard North High School

Hometown: Carol Stream

Class: Senior

Parents: Brandon and Melissa Deske

Sponsor: Kim Munro, school counselor

Community service: Carol Stream Park District, fitness and living well activities; Advocate Hospice, making fleece blankets; Link Crew; Humanitarian Service Project, packaging food and gifts for birthdays and Christmas; Sunrise Nursing Home, playing games and seasonal activities with the elderly

Conrad Esch
Conrad Esch
Conrad Esch

Waubonsie Valley High School

Hometown: Naperville

Class: Senior

Parents: Ken and Bridget Esch

Sponsor: Ryan VanKampen, school counselor

Community service: Special Olympics events, served as a peer coach; Best Buddies volunteer; Daybreak Center; Rebuilding Together Aurora, single-day service project

Alondra Estrada
Alondra Estrada
Alondra Estrada

Addison Trail High School

Hometown: Addison

Class: Senior

Parents: Hector Estrada and Mayra Peña

Sponsor: Sheri D'Ambrose, teacher

Community service: Key Club; Addison Trail guidance department volunteer; Blazer Ambassadors program; Interact Club event volunteer; Shedd Aquarium stewardship program

Jahanavi Gaur
Jahanavi Gaur
Jahanavi Gaur

Hinsdale Central High School

Hometown: Hinsdale

Class: Senior

Parents: Ruchi Gaur and Sameer Gaur

Sponsor: Teri Marshall, guidance counselor

Community service: Founded mentoring program to help students in India who lack resources to strengthen their creative writing skills; Music Mentors, works with middle school band students; Robert Crown Teen Board/Robert Crown Center for Health Education; Pratham volunteer; Mussoorie Public School volunteer

Nicholas Golding
Nicholas Golding
Nicholas Golding

IC Catholic Prep

Hometown: Melrose Park

Class: Senior

Parents: Michael and Susan Golding

Sponsor: Jean Field, school counselor

Community service: Elmhurst peer jury; altar server, lector and usher at church

Sarai Gonzalez
Sarai Gonzalez
Sarai Gonzalez

Willowbrook High School

Hometown: Oakbrook Terrace

Class: Senior

Parents: Alma Gonzalez and Luis Gonzalez

Sponsor: Cindy Zamora-Failla, school counselor

Community service: American Cancer Society Relay For Life, team captain and volunteering; Feed My Starving Children volunteer; Salvation Army bell ringer; clothing drive at Willowbrook High School; Sack Lunch Sunday

Sameer Goyal
Sameer Goyal
Sameer Goyal

Lake Park High School

Hometown: Bloomingdale

Class: Senior

Parents: Sanjai Goyal and Shalla Goyal

Sponsor: Patrice Lovelace, guidance counselor

Community service: Share Overseas; Bloomingdale Park District, volunteer basketball coach; Marklund Philips Center volunteer

Margaret Howland
Margaret Howland
Margaret Howland

Wheaton Academy

Hometown: Wayne

Class: Senior

Parents: David and Heather Howland

Sponsor: Dan Crabtree, college counselor

Community service: Fox Valley Christian Action, camp counselor; Calvary Baptist Church SYNC program for youth, Sunday school leader and assistant; STARS, program for people with special needs; Project LEAD; schoolwide service project to prepare Christmas gift bags for area children; Church of the Resurrection, Sunday school leader

Hunter McComb
Hunter McComb
Hunter McComb

West Chicago Community High School

Hometown: Carol Stream

Class: Senior

Parents: Jeff McComb and Mary McComb

Sponsor: Nicole Osborne, teacher

Community service: President's Council Relay For Life; Interact Club biannual blood drive; Benjamin Middle School poms choreographer; Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp

Isabelle Michaels
Isabelle Michaels
Isabelle Michaels

Lake Park High School

Hometown: Roselle

Class: Senior

Parents: Sam and Marina Michaels

Sponsor: Melisa Williams Rivera, guidance counselor

Community service: Faith under Fire event; Artists for Peace concert performer; Martyr's Day event/candlelight vigil; National Honor Society, volunteer work

Kevin Miller
Kevin Miller
Kevin Miller

Willowbrook High School

Hometown: Villa Park

Class: Senior

Parents: Kevin M. Miller

Sponsor: Lourdes Piña, school counselor

Community service: Habitat for Humanity; New Beginnings, freshmen peer program; Civitas; National Honor Society

Claire Morawski
Claire Morawski
Claire Morawski

Glenbard West High School

Hometown: Glen Ellyn

Class: Senior

Parents: Marty and Cherri Morawski

Sponsor: Jeremiah Wiencek, director of counseling

Community service: Hundred Dollar Project; National Honor Society, tutoring students; Welcome Pack presenter; student council

Toni Paterno
Toni Paterno
Toni Paterno

Timothy Christian High School

Hometown: Elmhurst

Class: Senior

Parents: Judi and Mike Paterno

Sponsor: Ann Raley, registrar

Community service: PADS volunteer; nursing home volunteer; Student Ministries volunteer; Peer Mentor; Power Up

Nicole Pudlo
Nicole Pudlo
Nicole Pudlo

Addison Trail High School

Hometown: Addison

Class: Senior

Parents: Anna and Eric Pudlo

Sponsor: Jorge de Leon, social worker

Community service: Addison Girls' Sports Program basketball coach; Pay It Forward mentoring, advising, leading; Blazer Ambassadors program; girls volleyball youth summer camp coaching and assisting; Kiwanis Peanut Day

Saniya Qadir
Saniya Qadir
Saniya Qadir

Wheaton North High School

Hometown: Wheaton

Class: Senior

Parents: Muhammad and Najmusahar Qadir

Sponsor: Josh Coan, school counselor

Community service: Dupage Convalescent Center volunteer; Mini Medical School teacher assistant; QuarkNet research intern at Fermilab

Kayla Rowan
Kayla Rowan
Kayla Rowan

Naperville Central High School

Hometown: Naperville

Class: Senior

Parents: Martin and Heila Rowan

Sponsor: Merigan Neben, dean of student intervention

Community service: Face the Children, missionary work in the Philippines; The J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation; Jock Jams, fundraising event coordinator; National Honor Society, community service; Adapted PE program

Asha Rowland
Asha Rowland
Asha Rowland

Glenbard West High School

Hometown: Glendale Heights

Class: Senior

Parents: Nina Arora-Rowland and Dominique Rowland

Sponsor: Natalie Rubino, school counselor, and Gilda Ross, Glenbard special projects community liaison

Community service: Reality Illinois (teen advisory panel); Natya Dance Theatre community outreach programs; Students For Students; Global Hafla For Humanity

Joshua Simmons
Joshua Simmons
Joshua L. Simmons

IC Catholic Prep

Hometown: Westchester

Class: Senior

Parents: Willie and Deborah Simmons

Sponsor: Jean Field, counselor

Community service: The Evans Exoneration Project; helped facilitate a youth leadership workshop for junior high students at a grade school in an underserved community; assisted in the planning and execution of the Teen-Train Youth and Family Leadership Conference; Feed My Starving Children; Faith and Fitness 5K/10K Race volunteer

Alexander Sokalski
Alexander Sokalski
Alexander Sokalski

Montini Catholic High School

Hometown: Lombard

Class: Senior

Parents: Henry and Teresa Sokalski

Sponsor: Peter Lewek, instructor

Community service: Saint Vincent DePaul Food Pantry volunteer; YMCA, counselor to children ages 7-12; Sacred Heart Grade School, coach grade schoolers

Carly Stanton
Carly Stanton
Carly Stanton

Wheaton Academy

Hometown: St. Charles

Class: Senior

Parents: Karl and Kelly Stanton

Sponsor: Dan Crabtree, college counselor

Community service: Wheaton Bible Church, worship leader; Puente del Pueblo, taught at children's summer camp; Project LEAD; school worship team; peer mentor

Samuel Tarasewicz
Samuel Tarasewicz
Samuel Tarasewicz

Lisle Senior High School

Hometown: Lisle

Class: Senior

Parents: Robert Tarasewicz and Andrea Tarasewicz

Sponsor: Rebecca Schwartz, biology teacher

Community service: Wheaton Junior Women's Club, Buddy Baseball; Lisle Eyes to the Skies volunteer; Lisle Scarecrow Scramble event volunteer; Behavioral Perspective, Inc. volunteer

E.J. Vaughn
E.J. Vaughn
E.J. Vaughn

Naperville North High School

Hometown: Lisle

Class: Senior

Parents: Ed and Dennise Vaughn

Sponsor: Jennifer Naso, special education director

Community service: Peer for multi-needs students at school; Special Olympics coach; Youth Football Summer Camp coach; Adapted PE program; National Honor Society service projects

Nikita Vijayakumar
Nikita Vijayakumar
Nikita Vijayakumar

Naperville North High School

Hometown: Lisle

Class: Senior

Parents: Anu and Vijay

Sponsor: Jeffry M. Bedore, student government sponsor and history teacher

Community service: Student government, spring turnabout dance and charity dance ('80s dance); West Suburban Sai Center, Meadowbrook Manor volunteer; West Suburban Sai Center, holiday bake sale; Habitat for Humanity

Alec Van Volkenburg
Alec Van Volkenburg
Alec Van Volkenburg

Lisle Senior High School

Hometown: Lisle

Class: Senior

Parents: Dave and Nancy Van Volkenburg

Sponsor: Scott Waibel, teacher

Community service: Feed My Starving Children; New Student Night student ambassadors; Kiwanis Christmas Party volunteer; Gary Elementary Gift Drive; DuPage Fall Festival volunteer

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