ST. CHARLES – The finalists for the 2018-19 Tri-Cities Jank Ambassadorship and Guitar of St. Charles Jank Award have been selected from a field of more than 400 nominees.
The young people were nominated based upon their academic achievement and ability to apply creativity in a manner that fosters community, diversity and innovation, according to a news release. The recipient will be announced at a ceremony at 5:15 p.m. June 12 in Lincoln Park in downtown St. Charles. The names of the finalists and their nominators follow. All finalists are from St. Charles except for Madeline Schuster of Batavia.
• Zachary Chiet (nominated by Dave Chiet)
• Austin Jones (Paul Lencioni)
• Tyler Locklin (Joan Hagedorn)
• Monica Salonga (Jennifer Amadei)
• Madeline Schuster (Karine Bauch)
• Nathan Throneburg (Paul Carani)
The ambassador is chosen by a panel of judges which this year included the following business and government leaders from throughout the TriCities.
• St. Charles Mayor Raymond Rogina
• Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns
• Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke
• St. Charles Chief of Police James Keegan
• St. Charles Aldermen Rita Payleitner, Lora Vita and Maureen Lewis
• St. Charles Park District Executive Director Holly Cabel
• St. Charles Park District Board Member Bob Carne
• St. Charles Park District Board Member Mike Hoscheit
• Wredling Middle School Principal Tim Loversky
• Arcada Theatre President and CEO Ron Onesti
• Blue Goose Market President and CEO Paul Lencioni
• Colonial Cafe owner and President Clinton Anderson
• Hotel Baker owner and General Manager Rowena Salas
• The Finery owners David Reyes and Juliette Reyes
• Kane County Chronicle Weeklies Editor Zachary Van Vuren
• Shaw Media Director of Content Development Sherri Dauskurdas
This will be the third TriCities Jank Ambassador following George Ressinger and Crystal Kotvan. The 2018-19 ambassadorship will include a trip to France to the site of The Jank Guitar Store’s future location in St. Malo, set to open in 2020. The ambassador will travel to St. Malo for an immersive three-day educational tour including an interview with TSUGI Magazine, meeting with St. Malo City Council members, a roundtable discussion with local youth leaders coordinated by the St. Malo school district, and visits to historical sites.
The June 12 ceremony is open to the public and will be attended by special guests including Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles), Burns, Schielke, former St. Charles Mayor Sue Klinkhamer and other leaders.