[Rachel Marr, St. Francis High School]
St. Francis High School: Rachel Marr
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES: student of the month, ‘A’ honor roll student, National Honors Society, captain of rowing club team, cheerleading, engineering club, Scholastic Bowl, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Chicago Marathon volunteer, Fox Valley Marathon volunteer, Wounded Warrior Project
NOMINATED BY GUIDANCE COUNSELOR ADAM LINDLEY: Rachel Marr exhibits excellence on many levels and is a great candidate for the CAPS program. She is a very intelligent student and an enthusiastic learner. She takes an inquisitive approach to any subject and seeks total mastery of skills. Rachel seeks knowledge for its own sake and shows a genuine love of learning. Her teachers speak very positively of her personal and academic qualities. They describe her as brilliant, intellectual, mature, creative, patient, tenacious, articulate, perceptive, upbeat and trustworthy. They see her as a self-starter who takes on challenges, leads by example and accepts criticism as an opportunity to improve. Rachel prepares meticulously, uses her abilities, contributes to class discussion and exceeds expectations. She can apply what she knows to new material or problems and enjoys thinking outside of the box. [Ava Mandele, Kaneland High School]
Kaneland High School: Ava Mandele
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES: 2017 National High School Communications Contest second place "The Heat: Growing Concern," 2017 Illinois Woman's Press Association 2017 High School Communications Contest "The Heat: Growing Concern", 2017 NISPA Honorable Mention Award for Excellence in Journalism in Graphics, 2017 NISPA Bronze Certificate for Excellence in Journalism in Website Category, 2017 Illinois Journalism Education Association First Place in the Website Category, 2017 Illinois Journalism Education Association First Place in Centerspread Story Package, 2017 IJEA Write Off, 2015 Quill and Scroll Journalism Honor Roll, 2016 Krier Journalist of the Year, 2016 KEMPA First Place Krier Online, in 2016 sold over $1,100 in advertisements and subscriptions.
NOMINATED BY SCHOOL COUNSELOR ANDREW FRANKLIN: I am pleased to write this nomination for Ava Mandele who is a multi-talented and gifted student at Kaneland High School. Ava is a very happy person and brightens up my day every time I see her. She has a rank of 4 out of 316 students and has a 4.1833 GPA out of a 4.00 grading scale. She is goal-oriented, articulate and is a master of detail. She has a great work ethic that shines through on a daily basis. She has a higher level of maturity and is a strong leader. She is a kind, caring and independent student that takes on challenges that others would avoid. She has a long list of extracurricular activities including, editor of the Krier Newspaper, editor-in-chief of the Krier website, key club and PR rep, Model United Nations member, captain of the varsity tennis team and All-Conference tennis player. Ava has put in countless hours in community service work at the IMSA Fusion program, OrthoKids, Marklund and Feed My Starving Children. She is involved in the Saturday Morning Physics program at Fermilab, the Purdue University Gifted Member program, and she is employed at the local dry cleaner and tailoring business. As a student journalist, she goes the extra mile to get the story. She can build a strong team of students on the staff to create a thought-provoking column. She is an outstanding student and one of Kaneland’s best! [Paige Gifford, Wheaton Academy]
Wheaton Academy: Paige Gifford
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society junior/senior, six AP classes, 31 ACT, competitive figure skating, significant volunteer work
NOMINATED BY COLLEGE AND ACADEMIC COUNSELOR BART GREGERSEN: One of Paige’s gifts is her leadership in class discussions. She encourages others to speak, listens to others’ points of view, and thoughtfully, articulately and authentically advances and defends her own opinion. Her comments create a safe atmosphere in class where all students feel respected and encouraged to participate. She is at ease communicating with both peers and adults. Not only is Paige a top-notch communicator in the spoken word, she also excels in the written word. She is able to take a concept and put it onto paper in words that are logical and persuasive, with a clear and historically defensible thesis, bolstered by ample supporting evidence. Paige works well independently and in group settings. She enjoys the process of group work and seeing everyone become invested when working together to achieve a task. Beyond her academic strengths, Paige is well-rounded and determined to succeed as demonstrated by the countless hours she has put into her craft of ice skating, where she has experienced tremendous success. In 2016, Paige was awarded a prestigious school award honoring academic excellence, community service and positive social behavior. She selflessly donated the award money to SitStayRead, which works to improve literacy skills and foster a love of learning in children in low-income neighborhoods; her donation provided for three service dogs and nine volunteers to service all the second-graders in the Trail Blazers program at a local elementary school in Chicago. It is this generosity that is both exceptional and impactful. [Jessica Sneesby, Batavia High School]
Batavia High School: Jessica Sneesby
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES: National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and National Art Honor Society, interact club, ecology club, varsity girls soccer team, key club, LINK crew leader
NOMINATED BY SCHOOL COUNSELOR COREY BERNARD: Jessica Sneesby’s energy and enthusiasm makes Batavia High School a better place for the students and staff alike. Jessica has extremely high moral character. She is compassionate and respectful, and she goes out of her way to be kind to others. Jessica is an exceptional person with a heart of gold, and she has an influence on all those she encounters. From an academic standpoint, Jessica works extremely hard and has a strong drive to succeed. She takes advantage of the opportunities and resources that surround her in order to better herself as a learner. [Sam Wehrli, Marmion Academy]
Marmion Academy: Sam Wehrli
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES: All-Conference swim team, All-Academic sophomore and junior years, honor roll for two semesters, distinguished honor roll for one semester, superior honor roll for three semesters, National Spanish Exam honorable mention freshman year and bronze sophomore year, United States Military Academy nomination, Boys State Delegate and party's candidate for Lieutenant Governor, JROTC battalion company commander, captain of swim team, Eagle Scout, student council class representative, Kairos Retreat leader, Life Group leader, Freshman Retreat leader and speaker, MENtor, student ambassador, outreach team group leader, All-State swim, IHSA State swim finalist sophomore and junior year, All-Conference swimmer, drill team member, Eucharist minister, amateur radio operator, Hesed House volunteer, volunteer swim coach
NOMINATED BY DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE GUIDANCE DANIEL THORPE: Sam is one of those students one wonders "how do they fit all of that into one day/week of their life?" Elite is the word I would describe Sam. An elite person who is also an elite leader, swimmer and competitor. He has such a great variety of activities and usually is the leader of the program. Speak with him and you will be impressed with his maturity, class and enthusiasm for life. Sam is on fire, and he gets others involved and on fire. One of the finest I have worked with in 36 years of education! [Sarah Fetter, St. Charles East High School]
St. Charles East High School: Sarah Fetter
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES: Illinois State Scholar, Human Relations Award, National Honor Society, Science Honor Society secretary, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, varsity tennis senior captain, Sunday school teacher and aide for children with disabilities through church, peer leadership, P.E. Leader, music and theater program
NOMINATED BY SCHOOL COUNSELOR JAMES HAWKINS: Sarah is an exceptional student that has distinguished herself from her peers. Naturally an inquisitive person with a love of learning, Sarah strives to succeed in all her endeavors. She established a strong foundation of hard work, perseverance and resourcefulness. Ranking among the top 5 percent of her class, she received straight As during high school, which is impressive considering the multiple honors and advanced placement classes completed. Sarah has a strong passion for serving and helping others. Within the classroom, she patiently helps to mentor peers. Encouraging and challenging them to deepen their learning and understanding. Sarah’s leadership is evident through other activities such as our highly selective Peer Leadership program where she served as a mentor to freshmen transitioning into high school. Currently, Sarah serves as a classroom leader within our wellness department, leading and facilitating physical education classes. Also, Sarah has lent her talents within our school’s music and theater programs. Sarah is also a four-year member of the girl’s tennis program, serving as senior captain on the varsity team this past season. She is well-respected by her teammates and coaches. Additionally, Sarah still found time within her busy schedule to work and stay involved in her church through ministering to children with disabilities and leading Sunday school classes. Sarah is an outstanding young lady with integrity and excellence. Sarah is an outstanding role model. We are fortunate to have her in our school and community. She is most deserving of the Kane County Chronicle Achievement Award. [Carmela Alexander, Aurora Central Catholic]
Aurora Central Catholic High School: Carmela Alexander
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES: Honor roll every semester, Presidential awards for academic excellence, departmental recognition of exceptional work in theology and mathematics, president/vice president of student council during multiple years, cheerleading team, Walk-a-Thon, service with various projects and events at her church
NOMINATED BY SCHOOL COUNSELOR JESS PRILL: What makes Carmela stand out among her peers is her warm demeanor and kindness toward others. I have witnessed her positive attitude, even when she was going through a hard time. She is resilient and able to focus on what is important. She truly cares about people, and it shows through her dedication to helping others in the community. She has completed a numerous amount of service hours by volunteering in the community and at her local church. All of our interactions have been positive, and I have enjoyed getting to know her. She is a diligent, intelligent and compassionate young woman that will accomplish great things. [Kiley Junod, St. Charles North High School]
St. Charles North High School: Kiley Junod
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES: Certified Nursing Assistant, Science National Honor Society, Team Polaris, Ambassadors, volleyball team at North, D-303 United (special needs track team), Cal's Angels (a pediatric cancer foundation), works at Alexander's Cafe and as a nanny for a family every day.
NOMINATED BY SCHOOL COUNSELOR LAURIE MOFFITT: Kiley is a remarkable young woman who has had an outstanding academic record during her four years at St. Charles North High School. She is motivated, responsible, committed and compassionate. Her compassion and desire to help others stands out most and is a fitting attribute in her goal of becoming a pediatric oncology nurse. Kiley has already taken steps toward her desired career by becoming a CNA through the Fox Valley Career Center. [Carole Mele, Rosary High School]
Rosary High School: Carole Mele
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACTIVITIES: GRIT award, Rosary High School tennis team captain, school musicals, stage crew, Rosary High School choir, Latin club, pep club, mission trip volunteer, OrthoKids volunteer, Girls 541 (faith service group), Irish dancer (solo and team)
NOMINATED BY LISA SUSTERSIC: I have had the privilege of working with Carole during her entire high school career and have found her to be a wonderful young woman and deserving of this honor. During her career at Rosary, Carole has shown herself to be a mature, talented, confident, motivated and well-rounded young woman. She has continually challenged herself academically and has shown a noteworthy work ethic as she has worked to achieve her goals. Teachers who have worked with Carole have often commented on the drive and determination to succeed that she brings to her studies. Outside of the classroom, Carole is currently an active member and leader in our fine arts program, tennis team and pep club. She has shared her time, talents and compassionate nature not only as a volunteer with Rosary’s mission club, but also in her community with the Delnor Hospital OrthoKids program and the Girls 541 faith service group. Finally, Carole is an accomplished and award-winning solo and team Irish dancer, who has also used her gifts to teach young dancers. To each of these activities, she has brought a genuine compassion and dedication that has been truly appreciated by those she has worked with. Carole has been, and continues to be, an asset to the Rosary High School community. Her compassionate and outgoing personality, work ethic and natural leadership abilities have rightfully won her the respect and admiration of both staff and students. I am confident that she is one who will set the world on fire.
The Chronicle Achievement program recognizes outstanding local high school students who demonstrate strength in academics, character and leadership. Several CAP students will be chosen to receive a partial scholarship to the college of their choice at Evening of Applause in the spring.
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