Honorable mentions: Northwest Suburban Leadership Team 2016-2017

 
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Nikil Badey
Nikil Badey
Nikil Badey

William Fremd High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Class: Senior

Parents: Naveen and Navaneetha Badey

Sponsor: Shannon Denna, mathematics teacher

Community service: Volunteered with VING speaking about the power of self-empowerment; serves as a Student Services representative; served as a Buddy Soccer volunteer working with disabled youth; works as a Viking Tutor; organizer and co-founder LYFE, a community service club that serves the disabled in the community; National Honor Society officer.

Emilio Balderas
Emilio Balderas
Emilio Balderas

Palatine High School

Hometown: Palatine

Class: Senior

Parents: Eddie Balderas, Karina Balderas

Sponsor: Michael Hernon, counselor

Community service: President and founder of the Palatine Chapter of the National Hispanic Institute; as chairman of the Presidents Club, aided in organizing annual charity event that raised funds for WINGS and PADS; works as a mentor with the TRUST program; as a Cultural Awareness volunteer, raised donations and helped organize a Thanksgiving dinner for local families; a member of Palatine's Promise.

Sophie Borchart
Sophie Borchart
Sophie Borchart

Elgin Academy

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Class: Senior

Parents: Scott and Miyuki Borchart

Sponsor: Dan Raffety, counselor

Community service: Volunteers in a soup kitchen serving food to the homeless; is a PADS volunteer; peer tutor; volunteers as a middle school volleyball coach; creates lessons for children in English through Outreach360; works with Students Allied for Equality; National Honor Society member and mentor; Kids for Kids leader.

Khalid Davis
Khalid Davis
Khalid Davis

Glenbard North High School

Hometown: Hanover Park

Class: Senior

Parents: Rosaline Lewis

Sponsor: Kim Munro, counselor

Community service: Key Club; helped to organize a St. Baldrick's Day event; as a VietNow volunteer, helped provide meals to homeless veterans; Northern Illinois Food Bank; French tutor at STRIVE.

Muskaan Dhiman
Muskaan Dhiman
Muskaan Dhiman

Maine East High School

Hometown: Des Plaines

Class: Senior

Parents: Sanjay and Sunita Dhiman

Sponsor: Suzanne Caliendo, counselor

Community service: Worked providing school supplies to impoverished children through Victor's Vision; as a member of the Girl Scouts, worked on various service and community projects; packaged food for Feed My Starving Children; works as a homework tutor at the Niles Public Library.

Akira Di Sandro
Akira Di Sandro
Akira Di Sandro

Schaumburg High School

Hometown: Schaumburg

Class: Senior

Parents: Renato Di Sandro and Junko Fujimoto

Sponsor: Michelle Eggerding, mathematics teacher

Community service: Volunteered packaging food for Feed My Starving Children; volunteers at Sunrise Senior Living assisting with holiday decorations and various tasks as assigned; member of the National Honor Society.

Emma Drezen
Emma Drezen
Emma Drezen

Rolling Meadows High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Class: Senior

Parents: Jane Drezen

Sponsor: Nancy Karras, counselor

Community service: As a Faith Home Community volunteer, helped coordinate food drives, performed administrative tasks and worked raising funds; volunteers with Interact; as a member of student council worked on various fundraising and charitable events; packaged food for Feed My Starving Children; serves as a Mighty Mustang Mentor.

Luke Fava
Luke Fava
Luke Fava

Rolling Meadows High School

Hometown: Rolling Meadows

Class: Senior

Parents: Mark and Mary Fava

Sponsor: Roy Olson, history teacher

Community service: As a member of the Boy Scouts, renovated a community playground as his Eagle Scout project, overseeing a crew of 40 volunteers; is a Mighty Mustang Mentor; packaged food for Feed My Starving Children and worked on various charitable endeavors as a member of the National Honor Society.

Gabriela Gaffney
Gabriela Gaffney
Gabriela Gaffney

St. Viator High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Class: Senior

Parents: Kathi and Vince Gaffney

Sponsor: Joe Majkowski, director of counseling

Community service: As a Viatorian Giving Gardens volunteer helped develop a garden to feed those in need through the Wheeling Township Food Pantry; volunteers as a Retreat Leader; every Christmas, works with St. Benedict's parish to help prepare and serve a warm dinner to 300 plus people who have nowhere else to go; serves as a Campus Ministry team member.

Gillian Garnowski
Gillian Garnowski
Gillian Garnowski

Wheeling High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Class: Senior

Parents: Gary and Eveline Garnowski

Sponsor: Mike Malek, band director

Community service: Volunteers working tournaments through the Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs; fundraises for ISKC-Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs; student leader of Wheeling High School's Interact for Africa Club; packaged food for Feed My Starving Children; works as a Literacy Lab tutor.

Adrianna Gasior
Adrianna Gasior
Adrianna Gasior

Elk Grove High School

Hometown: Elk Grove Village

Class: Senior

Parents: Sylwia Gasior and Marian Gasior

Sponsor: Peter Wang, teacher

Community service: Worked as a physics tutor in the Mastery Lab; collected food donations for the Elk Grove Food Pantry; packaged food at Feed My Starving Children.

Matthew Jarosch
Matthew Jarosch
Matthew Jarosch

Elk Grove High School

Hometown: Elk Grove Village

Class: Senior

Parents: Ken and Kathy Jarosch

Sponsor: Kim Miklusak, counselor

Community service: Director of the Elk Grove Jazz Combo; volunteer with Nancy's Project, where the church youth group grows aloe plants for cancer patients at Alexian Brothers Medical Center; acolyte at his church; does Boy Scout community service projects like highway clean-ups, landscaping, gardening, kitchen volunteering.

Emily Keith
Emily Keith
Emily Keith

William Fremd High School

Hometown: Hoffman Estates

Class: Senior

Parents: Scot and Michele Keith

Sponsor: Jason Dvorak, social studies teacher

Community service: Co-founder of LYFE Club, which focuses on inclusion and organizes social events for all students to promote friendship, empathy and understanding; student council community service coordinator responsible for contacting local organizations to find volunteer opportunities for members; Palatine Opportunity Center Teen Advisory Board; Operation Snowball leader; serves as a Viking Ambassador; member of student council.

Malaika Khan
Malaika Khan
Malaika Khan

Hoffman Estates High School

Hometown: Streamwood

Class: Senior

Parents: Hanna and Moeen Khan

Sponsor: Scott Hoeft, dean of students

Community service: Mentored freshman and served as a leader to other mentors as a member of the Freshman Leadership Council; served as a mentor to elementary school students with the ICompete Mentor Program; as a member of the National Honor Society volunteered with Feed My Starving Children; worked as a teacher's aid at Kripa Montessori School.

Michael Kim
Michael Kim
Michael Kim

Glenbard North High School

Hometown: Hanover Park

Class: Senior

Parents: Shin and Hyon Kim

Sponsor: Kristen Masse

Community service: Willow Creek Care Center, volunteering in a food pantry; packaged food for Feed My Starving Children; Harvest Community Church team volunteer and worship team leader.

Hannah Mulroe
Hannah Mulroe
Hannah Mulroe

John Hersey High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Class: Senior

Parents: Mark and Diane Mulroe

Sponsor: Jim Miks, teacher

Community service: Cantor for the church choir at St. Edna Catholic Church; counselor for special needs children and adults at Camp Red Leaf; volunteered with Buddy Baseball, a summer baseball league for adults with special needs; packed lunches for St. Edna's Community Table, a free meal program for those in need; volunteers with Special Olympics.

Runal Patel
Runal Patel
Rural Patel

Maine West High School

Hometown: Des Plaines

Class: Senior

Parents: Alpesh and Neeta Patel

Sponsor: Audrey Haugan, principal

Community service: Voice For the Nameless, a human rights organization; volunteered with Illinois 10th Congressional District Democrats; Amnesty International; as a member of National Honor Society helped to build a greenhouse on campus; AP Student Leadership Team.

Millicent Reyes
Millicent Reyes
Millicent Reyes

Larkin High School

Hometown: Streamwood

Class: Senior

Parents: Fatima and Joannes Reyes

Sponsor: Jill Hunt, counselor

Community service: St. Alexius Medical Center volunteer; Feed My Starving Children; performs with the Larkin High School Symphony Orchestra at the Elgin Lions Club holiday dinner and at other functions.

Nikol Safronova
Nikol Safronova
Nikol Safronova

Lake County Leadership Team winner

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Hometown: Buffalo Grove

Class: Senior

Parents: Vladimir Safronov, Elnara Safronova

Sponsor: Brett Erdmann, Community Service coordinator

Community service: As president of National Honor Society, oversaw a charity festival to benefit Live4Lali, Bernie's Book Bank and The Ryan Briere Foundation, and a schoolwide holiday gift and food drive for Lake County families; volunteer guitar teacher for inner city students; volunteers at A Just Harvest, a community kitchen; homework tutor with Robert Community House.

Aarushi Shah
Aarushi Shah
Aarushi Shah

James B. Conant High School

Hometown: Roselle

Class: Senior

Parents: Hiren and Manisha Shah

Sponsor: Julie Nowak, principal

Community service: PADS; distance tutor with the Bajaj Rural Development Lab at Carnegie Mellon University; founder and head tutor of Learn and Educate, a tutoring service for local kids that benefits education for girls in India; taught math and science with Teach for India; co-founder of Education for Empowerment, a Conant service club that fosters student awareness and involvement in reducing global educational/health care disparities.

Andra Tecusan
Andra Tecusan
Andra Tecusan

Buffalo Grove High School

Hometown: Buffalo Grove

Class: Senior

Parents: Iuliana Tecusan and Ionut Tecusan

Sponsor: Elizabeth Pilarski, ELL guidance counselor

Community service: As an Interact Service Club officer helps promote and organize various fundraising events throughout the year and volunteers with fundraising efforts for Clearbrook, Project Isaiah, Bessie's Dinner, Northwest Special Recreation Association and others; works as a middle school tutor with the FACTS CHiL program; serves as a advisory mentor and Lit Lab tutor.

Christopher Tsourmas
Christopher Tsourmas
Christopher Tsourmas

Buffalo Grove High School

Hometown: Arlington Heights

Class: Senior

Parents: John and Caroline Tsourmas

Sponsor: Elizabeth Bennett, NHS sponsor

Community service: National Honor Society president; works with middle school students on positive choices through the Elevate Program; tutors underclassmen as a daily participant in Tutoring Lab; participated on Team John, walking and raising funds for Autism Speaks.

Dua'e Zaidi
Dua'e Zaidi
Dua'e Zaidi

Barrington High School

Hometown: Fox River Grove

Class: Junior

Parents: Mazhar Zaidi and Shabiha Zaidi

Sponsor: Lucia Dvorak, English teacher

Community service: Founder/president of Autism Ambassadors; organized bake and T-shirt sales and a community 5K walk/run to raise awareness of autism and funds to provide services to families of autistic children; served as Key Club president; peer basketball coach with Special Olympics; camp counselor with the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association; is a member of student council.

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; National Honor Society; 300 Hours of Service club; class board/student senate.

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