Maine East High School
Class of 2020
  • Maine East High School in Park Ridge.

    Maine East High School in Park Ridge. Mark Welsh@dailyherald.com

  • Maine East High School 2020 senior graduation sign.

    Maine East High School 2020 senior graduation sign. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Maine East's Colleen Oribello, left, and Teresa Barbera reach for a loose ball as Wheeling's Sophia Stanke chases also in a girls basketball game.

    Maine East's Colleen Oribello, left, and Teresa Barbera reach for a loose ball as Wheeling's Sophia Stanke chases also in a girls basketball game. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Maine East's Colleen Oribello, left, and Mary Kolodziejski get ready to block a ball hit by Addison Trail's Jess D'Ambrose during a volleyball match.

    Maine East's Colleen Oribello, left, and Mary Kolodziejski get ready to block a ball hit by Addison Trail's Jess D'Ambrose during a volleyball match. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Maine East's Chrisavgi Kotsifas gets the ball past Vernon Hills' Daniella Jarell in a girls volleyball match.

    Maine East's Chrisavgi Kotsifas gets the ball past Vernon Hills' Daniella Jarell in a girls volleyball match. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Maine East's Mary Kolodziejski and her teammates celebrate a point against Vernon Hills in a girls volleyball match in Park Ridge.

    Maine East's Mary Kolodziejski and her teammates celebrate a point against Vernon Hills in a girls volleyball match in Park Ridge. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Divya Mani was a senior speaker at Maine East High School's 2020 virtual graduation ceremony.

    Divya Mani was a senior speaker at Maine East High School's 2020 virtual graduation ceremony. YouTube Video Screenshot

  • Richa Parikh was a senior speaker at Maine East High School's 2020 virtual graduation ceremony.

    Richa Parikh was a senior speaker at Maine East High School's 2020 virtual graduation ceremony. YouTube Video Screenshot

  • Brianna Risby was a senior speaker at Maine East High School's 2020 virtual graduation ceremony.

    Brianna Risby was a senior speaker at Maine East High School's 2020 virtual graduation ceremony. YouTube Video Screenshot

 
Updated 6/18/2020 4:20 PM

Graduates in Class of 2020: 484

Maine Scholars (Top 1%): Richa Parikh, Anami Patel, Krishi Rana, Angela Righi and Kunj Shah.

 

Graduation Speakers: Divya Mani, Brianna Risby and Richa Parikh.

Class officers (Executive Board): Isabella Garcia, Julia Keippel, Mansi Patel, Krina Shah and Aneta Stasiek.

Academic achievements: Parth Shah was named an Academic All American by the National Speech and Debate Association; Artists Kaylee To and Bushra Khan were selected to the Illinois High School Art Exhibition.

Athletic achievements: IHSA State Qualifiers: Angel Villegas (Wrestling) and Afroditi Baltsas (Girls Gymnastics); Chrisavgi Kotsifas -- CSL North Player of the Year (Girls Volleyball).

Extracurricular achievements: Chrisavgi Kotsifas was named a state finalist for the Junior-Senior 2 Person Contest for the math team; Oliver Talukder was named to the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

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Theater productions: "Clue On Stage," "Legally Blonde the Musical."

Senior Class gift: Student organizations have contributed more than $20,000 this spring to the District 207 COVID Relief Fund (bit.ly/207strong)

Homecoming King and Queen: Juan Escobedo and Bushra Khan.

Homecoming theme: Red Carpet Hollywood

What was new for the Class of 2020: Just starting the first phase of the facilities renovation.

Notable visitors: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Dick Durbin, former Gov. Bruce Rauner, Illinois State Superintendent of Education Carmen Ayala, former Chicago Bulls player Toni Kukoc, David Hiller (alum, former chief publisher of the Chicago Tribune and CEO of McCormick Foundation).

Principal's reflections on the Class of 2020: As a collective whole, the Maine East Class of 2020 has consistently shown a strong commitment to provide community service to those less fortunate both locally and globally. Reflecting on each of them as individuals and as a whole, make no mistake -- we already miss you -- you have earned a special place in the hearts and minds of all of us on the staff based on the relationships you've built with us over these past four years. You are strong, smart, funny, and resilient -- stay nice and always do your "personal best" in all of your future pursuits. I hope you'll always be proud to be a graduate of Maine East High School. #207STRONG

-- Principal Mike Pressler

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