Downers Grove North High School Class of 2021
Class of 2021
  • Downers Grove North High School senior Jake Demos wears a stack of caps following graduation ceremonies May 21.

    Downers Grove North High School senior Jake Demos wears a stack of caps following graduation ceremonies May 21. Erica Benson for Shaw Media

  • Downers Grove North High School senior Domonic Leone waves to his family during the procession for graduation.

    Downers Grove North High School senior Domonic Leone waves to his family during the procession for graduation. Erica Benson for Shaw Media

  • Downers Grove North High School Principal Janice Schwarze addresses the class of 2021 during graduation ceremonies.

    Downers Grove North High School Principal Janice Schwarze addresses the class of 2021 during graduation ceremonies. Erica Benson for Shaw Media

  • Downers Grove North's production of "Snoopy the Musical."

    Downers Grove North's production of "Snoopy the Musical." Courtesy of Downers Grove District 99

  • The Downers Grove North boys basketball team with school Principal Janice Schwarze.

    The Downers Grove North boys basketball team with school Principal Janice Schwarze. Courtesy of Downers Grove District 99

  • Downers Grove North production of "Freaky Friday."

    Downers Grove North production of "Freaky Friday." Courtesy of Downers Grove District 99

  • Downers Grove North High School.

    Downers Grove North High School. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Downers Grove North senior Jake Morgan (11) goes up for a shot during a West Suburban Conference Tournament game in Glen Ellyn against Glenbard West.

    Downers Grove North senior Jake Morgan (11) goes up for a shot during a West Suburban Conference Tournament game in Glen Ellyn against Glenbard West. Sandy Bressner/Shaw Media

  • Downers Grove North's Roy Llewellyn, left, and senior Evan Cummins compete in the Whitney Young Cross Country Sectional in Lincoln Park in Chicago.

    Downers Grove North's Roy Llewellyn, left, and senior Evan Cummins compete in the Whitney Young Cross Country Sectional in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Eileen T. Meslar for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Downers Grove North senior Melissa Jachim competes in the Whitney Young Cross Country Sectional in Lincoln Park in Chicago.

    Downers Grove North senior Melissa Jachim competes in the Whitney Young Cross Country Sectional in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Eileen T. Meslar for Shaw Media Illinois

 
Updated 6/17/2021 10:42 AM

Graduates in the Class of 2021: 545

Distinguished Honors graduates: Edith Barlin, Justin Berghorst, Carissa Blumka, Samuel Bull, Elijah Chen, Brando Civitanova, Maxwell Ein, Emily Ennis, Madeline Esposito, Kathryn Figliomeni, Lindsey Good, Ebi Hadi, Melissa Jachim, William Knudsen, Sean Lifka, Finnea Loftus, Sarah Lupescu, Lucas Marra, Grace McTigue, Eliot Michaels, John Mielke, Alexa Moy, Madeline Naisbitt, Morgan Naylor, Lucas Nielsen, Katelynn Ohk, Gaja Palubinskas, Noah Pardue, Andrew Pitts, Anastasia Polihronidis, William Riemer, Madeline Schallmoser, Benjamin Schaub, Jessica Spahn, Julia Szostak, Ashleigh Szydlowski, Christopher (Emmitt) Thulin, Emma van de Wetering, Jesse Wei

 

Graduation Speakers: Delaney Durbin and Syed Farhan

National Merit Finalists: Justin Berghorst, Carissa Blumka, Madeline Naisbitt

National Merit Commended Students: Simone Baillargeon, Edith Barlin, Samuel Bull, Elijah Chen, Joshua Delorto, Madeline Esposito, Ebi Hadi, Finnea Loftus, Lucas Marra, Eliot Michaels, Lucas Nielsen, Noah Pardue, William Riemer

Extracurricular achievements:

• Sam Bull, 2021 Illinois Journalist of the Year

• Mary Lerch, National Gold Medalist in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

• Eliot Michaels, National Silver Medalist in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

• Emmitt (Christopher) Thulin, Illinois High School Association's 2020-21 All-State Academic Team

• 19 students performed in the 2020-21 Illinois Music Education Association All-State Bands, orchestras, choirs, jazz bands and vocal jazz ensembles

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• Chess Team competed at state

• DECA State Competitors: Chloe Carlson, Pentrick Chen, Himani Nai, Manu Nithya Suthan, Ryan Trausch

• State Speech Competitors: Grace McTigue, Madeline Naisbitt, and Emmitt Thulin

• State Journalism Competitors: Amelia Carlson, Erin Peters, Madeline Redpath, Madeline Schallmoser, Olivia Shirk

Athletic achievements:

• Conference Champions:

Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball

Boys Cross Country (also Regional and Sectional Champions)

Girls CO-OP Gymnastics

Girls Volleyball

• State competition qualifiers:

Girls Badminton (three players)

Coed Cheer (Team)

Boys Golf (one player)

Theater productions:

• "Snoopy the Musical," in-person outdoor performances (October)

• "Freaky Friday," in-person indoor performances (April)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Senior Class gift: North sign for new Prince Street Plaza

What traditional events were adapted for the pandemic and how?

• Prom modified to meet safety guidelines by creating a smaller celebration of only seniors at an outdoor venue with a meal, music and fireworks.

• For homecoming we created a virtual assembly featuring performances by many students and groups as well as recognition of our homecoming court.

What were the most significant challenges faced by the Class of 2021 and how did they overcome them?

The Downers Grove North High School Class of 2021 had to adjust to remote and hybrid learning, missed out on traditional celebrations such as homecoming, saw sports seasons shortened and state series canceled, participated in many activities virtually, and wore face masks and at times even face shields when they were allowed to be together in person. Despite these challenges, they found new ways to learn, to compete, to perform, to celebrate, and to generate school spirit. As a result, they experienced much success in academics, activities and athletics.

Principal's reflections on the Class of 2021:

Of the many accomplishments of the Class of 2021, I am most proud of how they came together to help others. The senior class raised money to donate blankets to a woman's shelter, purchased food pantry supplies for families in our community, held food drives, organized staff recognitions in order to show gratitude for all that DGN staff did to help students learn and grow through the pandemic, and participated in social justice efforts in our school and our community. The DGN Class of 2021 will be remembered for their resilience, creativity, and generosity.

-- Principal Janice Schwarze

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