Honorable mentions: DuPage County Leadership Team, 2017-2018

 
Posted1/18/2018 5:15 AM
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Husna Ahmed
Husna Ahmed
Husna Ahmed

Islamic Foundation School

Hometown: Berkeley

Class: Senior

Parents: Syed Ahmed and Talath Anjum

Sponsor: Yasmin Jamal, math teacher

Community service: Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, volunteer; Islamic Foundation High School, graduation day volunteer; Islamic Foundation, service day participant

Chris Bauer
Chris Bauer
Chris Bauer

St. Francis High School

Hometown: Lombard

Class: Senior

Parents: Bill and Joyce Bauer

Sponsor: Trudy Rigney, director of guidance

Community service: Lombard Historical Society, Eagle Scout Project at the Sheldon Peck Homestead in Lombard that involved replacing a splitrail fence enclosing half of the perimeter of the property; mission trip to Indianapolis, Indiana; Boy Scout Troop 202, senior patrol leader; student government

Carolyn Boatfield
Carolyn Boatfield
Carolyn Boatfield

Fenton High School

Hometown: Bensenville

Class: Senior

Sponsor: Nancy Connor, counselor

Community service: Tourette Syndrome Camp USA, counselor; Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association, camp counselor; Fenton High School Special Olympics & Interact Club; Tioga School, ESL Support Group baby-sitting; Fenton High School, English tutor

Gwyneth Burns
Gwyneth Burns
Gwyneth Burns

Benet Academy

Hometown: Elmhurst

Class: Senior

Parents: Stacey and Kevin Burns

Sponsor: Amy Wesley, college counselor

Community service: Access Sports, mentor and coach for young athletes with special needs; Mission trip, traveled to Guatemala on a school-organized mission trip; Immaculate Conception Parish, altar server and a Eucharistic minister; S.A.L.T. campus ministry program; Christmas drive through student government

Isabel Coyne
Isabel Coyne
Isabel Coyne

Montini Catholic High School

Hometown: Bensenville

Class: Senior

Parents: Tina and Patrick

Sponsor: Nora Kinney

Community service: BWFCA (Pop Warner), volunteered as a cheer coach and taught girls basic skills and routines for competitions.

Catherine Franch
Catherine Franch
Catherine Franch

West Chicago Community High School

Hometown: West Chicago

Class: Senior

Parents: Donald and Ana Franch

Sponsor: Nick Caltagirone, social studies teacher

Community service: Northern Illinois Food Bank, participates in the food bank's VolunTeen leadership program; Fellowship Church of Carol Stream, preschool teacher; Vacation Bible school through Fellowship Church of Carol Stream, group leader for third- and fourth-grade boys

Yanni Gu
Yanni Gu
Yanni Gu

Timothy Christian High School

Hometown: Berkeley

Class: Senior

Community service: Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, volunteer at the ER, greets patients, leads families into rooms, transports patients in wheelchairs; Humboldt Community Dinner, member of the planning committee; Park Place of Elmhurst, volunteer to talk, play games, and spend time with the senior residents; peer tutor; Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, nursery volunteer

Ashley Hornig
Ashley Hornig
Ashley Hornig

Naperville Central High School

Hometown: Naperville

Class: Senior

Parents: Catherine and Eric Hornig

Sponsor: Barbara Watson

Community service: Edward Hospital, volunteered escorting and helping visitors find their friends and loved ones in the hospital; St. Raphael Church teen choir; St. Raphael Catholic Church, youth group retreat leader; St. Raphael annual Santa Breakfast, helped children with crafts and face-paint; Red Rage, student leader/officer of the school's pep club

Cara Johnson
Cara Johnson
Cara Johnson

St. Francis High School

Hometown: Streamwood

Class: Senior

Parents: Todd and Cheryl Johnson

Sponsor: Trudy Rigney, director of guidance

Community service: Group Mission trips with Good Shepherd United Methodist youth group, participated in mission trip to Mount Vernon, Illinois; vacation Bible school at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, volunteer; Girl Scout Day Camp in Harvard, Illinois, a program aide assigned to lead a group of younger Girl Scouts; Gigi's Playhouse in Hoffman Estates, volunteer; U-46 Bluestars, volunteered as a Special Olympics junior coach

George Joseph
George Joseph -
George Joseph

Glenbard North High School

Hometown: Carol Stream

Class: Senior

Parents: Joji Thomas & Mini Joseph

Sponsor: Lindsay Schultz, mathematics department

Community service: The Quad tutoring center; The Write Place tutoring center; District 87 school board student liaison; Student Advisory Panel; Fermilab, volunteer as a member of the Monday Strike Team

Maggie Kravchuk
Maggie Kravchuk
Maggie Kravchuk

Wheaton North High School

Hometown: Wheaton

Class: Senior

Parents: Mark and Mary Kravchuk

Sponsor: Kimberly Wittersheim, counselor

Community service: Water With Blessings Inc., helped organize a fundraiser that raised money for the nonprofit organization; Bair Lake Bible Camp, volunteer; Charter for Compassion, third-grade class leader; Link Crew, helped freshmen transition into high school; math resource room tutor

Isabella Ledonne
Isabella Ledonne
Isabella Ledonne

Willowbrook High School

Hometown: Lombard

Class: Senior

Parents: Michael and Laurie Ledonne

Sponsor: Lourdes Piña

Community service: St. Genesius Productions, volunteer choreographer for children's drama plays; National Honor Society, performing service acts for the community and school; New Beginnings Leader, upperclassmen mentoring underclassmen to assimilate to high school; SASED Performer, musical performances for special-needs children through Tri-M

Brianna McAloon
Brianna McAloon
Brianna McAloon

Lake Park High School

Hometown: Bloomingdale

Class: Senior

Parents: Sally Engstrom-McAloon, Matthew McAloon

Sponsor: Taylor Severino, school counselor

Community service: Illinois Association of Student Councils, work with fellow state officers to host a state service project, leadership workshops and an annual convention; Northeast District Student Council, assisted in service projects and events; J. Kyle Braid Foundation; Distinguished Citizens Breakfast, played a role in running the event; Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Awards

Tim McCann
Tim McCann
Tim McCann

IC Catholic Prep

Hometown: Elmhurst

Class: Senior

Parents: Mary and Brian McCann

Sponsor: Joe Paolelli, teacher

Community service: Visitation Grade School in Elmhurst, coaching; Elmhurst Peer Jury, senior juror; Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute; IC Catholic Prep Busse Woods service trip, cutting down and burning plants and trees; TLC Camp volunteer

Yousuf Mitchell
Yousuf Mitchell
Yousuf Mitchell

Montini Catholic High School

Hometown: Plainfield

Class: Senior

Parents: Buthaina Jabir

Sponsor: Dr. Kisicki, English instructor

Community service: Plainfield Public Library, helped put away books, clean, and organize events for children over the summer; Habitat for Humanity, traveled to Ohio to help build a house for a family in need; International Samaritan, traveled to Managua, Nicaragua, to help build a house for a family in need; Feed My Starving Children

Octavio Munoz
Octavio Munoz
Octavio Munoz

Glenbard West High School

Hometown: Glendale Heights

Class: Senior

Sponsor: Jeremiah Wiencek, director of school counseling

Community service: Glenbard Latino Organization, serves as a student interpreter for parents during parent-teacher conferences and coordinates other student interpreters; Spanish Honor Society, Spanish tutor; Glenbard Latino Organization, helps organize collection drive at school; Spanish Honor Society, helped organize a fundraiser to help people affected by the earthquakes in Mexico; St. Matthew Parish, helped assemble holiday care kits for soldiers.

Michelle Osagie
Michelle Osagie
Michelle Osagie

Lisle Senior High School

Hometown: Lisle

Class: Senior

Parents: James and Mabel Osagie

Sponsor: Kendra Meyer, school counselor

Community service: Partners for Parks Foundation, volunteered for local race held to raise money for community's parks; Eyes to the Skies, volunteered to help set up chairs and tables, wipe down chairs and tables, and transport different concessions to tents during the festival; Lisle Public Library, volunteered to help library employees by cleaning, sorting and putting away books and brainstorming events to promote reading; Lombard Assembly of God Church, volunteered as a classroom assistant for the church's youth program; Peer tutors, volunteered to assist students at the high school and junior high

Cassandra Payne
Cassandra Payne
Cassandra Payne

Glenbard East High School

Hometown: Lombard

Class: Senior

Parents: Dwight and Barbara Payne

Sponsor: Christopher Pietsch, AP U.S. history teacher

Community service: Silver Birch Ranch; The Compass Church Wheaton, AWANA Club volunteer; Glenbard East Music Association, concert usher; Experience East, lead school tours

Alyssa Ramos
Alyssa Ramos
Alyssa R. Ramos

Addison Trail High School

Hometown: Addison

Class: Senior

Parents: Gia & Isaias Ramos

Sponsor: Kevin Redding, director of guidance

Community service: National Honor Society, various service opportunities throughout Addison; Tri-M Music Honor Society, volunteer service opportunities for music programs throughout the community; Blazer Ambassadors, tutoring; Blazettes Summer Camp volunteer; Go Pink or Go Home breast cancer awareness events

Cooper Reif
Cooper Reif
Cooper Reif

Glenbard South High School

Hometown: Glen Ellyn

Class: Senior

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Tim Reif

Sponsor: Tim McGrath, school counselor

Community service: Key Club, helped organize service events around the community; student council, helped organize homecoming; Council of Presidents, helped organize a music video that highlights the school's club and athletics; American Diabetes Association, youth ambassador; National Honor Society, volunteered to help run the Kids Zone at the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

Eli Rubenstein
Eli Rubenstein
Eli Rubenstein

Wheaton Warrenville South High School

Hometown: Wheaton

Class: Senior

Parents: Alec and DeAnn Rubenstein

Sponsor: Kelly Ehrhardt, guidance counselor

Community service: Key Club, organizes and coordinates volunteering events for our members of the club; People's Resource Center, organized a book drive that collected around 300 books for the center; People's Resource Center, organized a clothing drive that collected hundreds of articles of clothing; People's Resource Center, volunteer; National Honor Society, participated in service activities around the school and community

Bijoy Shah
Bijoy Shah
Bijoy Shah

Glenbard West High School

Hometown: Glen Ellyn

Class: Senior

Parents: Rashesh and Vaishali Shah

Sponsor: Natalie Rubino, school counselor

Community service: Easter Seals speech team, helped disabled children learn to write long speeches, perform, act, and build confidence during a summer speech camp; One Voice Outreach Choir, performs at retirement homes; Food Pantry Drive, manage schoolwide food drive during the winter and spring; This Run's for Jack, volunteer; West Students Making a Difference, help with various events throughout the year

Umar Siddiqui
Umar Siddiqui
Umar Siddiqui

Islamic Foundation School

Hometown: Elmhurst

Parents: Mohammed Siddiqui and Sabeeha Malik

Sponsor: Abida Banu, science teacher

Community service: Elmhurst Hospital, volunteered at the main entrance; Geometry tutoring; food pantry, volunteered to sort and arrange food; Habitat for Humanity, volunteered to clean streets and wrap gifts; forest preserve, cleaned up trash and litter

Chris Turner
Chris Turner
Christopher Turner

Glenbard East High School

Hometown: Lombard

Parents: Jim and Jan Turner

Sponsor: Bryan Witte, school counselor

Community service: Camp Rock, summer camp counselor; Saint Genesius Productions, assisting in the direction and production of theatrical performances

Dionisia Vassos
Dionisia Vassos
Dionisia Vassos

Addison Trail High School

Hometown: Addison

Class: Senior

Parents: Dominick and Christine Vassos

Sponsor: Tina Gastes, guidance counselor

Community service: National Honor Society, community service; Key Club, community service; St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, community service; Feed My Starving Children; Amita Health Care

Matthew Vaughn
Matthew Vaughn
Matthew Vaughn

Naperville North High School

Hometown: Lisle

Class: Senior

Parents: Ed Vaughn and Dennise Vaughn

Sponsor: Robert Platt, teacher

Community service: DuPage Valley Special Athletes Unified Golf, helped create a program in which a Special Olympics athlete would be paired with one of their peers to compete in a golf tournament; peer tutoring, volunteered as a peer tutor during lunch hours; DuPage Valley Special Athletes Unified Soccer, volunteer as a peer in unified soccer; DuPage Valley Special Athletes Flag Football, volunteer as a coach; Adaptive P.E. Program, work as a leader for the special-needs P.E. classes

Francesca Wagoner
Francesca Wagoner
Francesca Wagoner

Lisle Senior High School

Hometown: Lisle

Class: Senior

Parents: Monica and Scott Wagoner

Sponsor: Kendra Meyer, school guidance counselor

Community service: Eyes to the Skies, volunteered to help set up, take down, and sell drinks during the festival; Extended Hands and Feet, volunteered to reach the homeless population in the community to provide basic resources and spiritual needs; Naperville Church of Christ, Bible school volunteer; Benet volleyball camp, volunteer coach; Next Level Athlete Volleyball Training, volunteered to coach kids on the weekend

Brianna White
Brianna White
Brianna White

Willowbrook High School

Hometown: Villa Park

Class: Senior

Parents: Jim and Laurie White

Sponsor: Scott Forcash, school counselor

Community service: Brookfield Zoo's King Conservation Science Scholars, educate guests about the animals at the zoo and conservation; Illinois Leadership Seminar, worked on the operations team and helped set up and take down events; WBHS Progress Program, assisted in educating incoming freshman about the high school; WBHS's Summer Theatre Camp, helped to teach children about theater

Josie Wooldridge
Josie Wooldridge
Josie Wooldridge

Hinsdale Central High School

Hometown: Hinsdale

Class: Senior

Parents: Jacqueline and Alan Wooldridge

Sponsor: Gia Maniscalco, school counselor

Community service: Praying Pelican Missions, mission trip to Tucson, Arizona; The Community House, autism walk volunteer; Trinity Presbyterian Church, volunteer in the nursery and prekindergarten Sunday school co-teacher; Middle school youth group leader; Trinity Presbyterian Church, awareness and fundraising for orphanages in Haiti

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