District 181 Recognizes Ambassadors of Excellence

On April 22, 2013, the Community Consolidated Board of Education recognized over 70 students who were named Ambassadors of Excellence for their achievements in chess, vocabulary, writing, geographic knowledge, problem solving, general academic knowledge, and volleyball. 

The first recipients were the members of the Kindergarten and Grade 1 chess team of Monroe School that earned first place in the state chess competition, including: Patrick Burke, Evie Galassi, Paige Gallwas, Harrison Hughes, William Kusak, Willem Marginean, Rebekah Sandy, John Waldo, and David Zimmermann, who individually was named the Co-State Champion. Also acknowledged for her success was Sara Thomas, who earned a perfect 20 out of 20 score in the WordMasters national vocabulary competition, achieved by only 63 fourth graders in the country. 

Superintendent Dr. Renée Schuster and Board President Michael Nelson next awarded a certificate to Alison Albeda, who earned 1st place for the 8th grade group in the essay contest sponsored by the Captain Hubbard Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Hinsdale Middle School teacher Theresa Wilkie was jointly congratulated, as she earned the Chapter’s Bearer of the Truth award for her above and beyond commitment to students and to the Daughters of the American Revolution mission of patriotism.

Hinsdale Middle School’s Peter Mercurio and Clarendon Hills Middle School’s Nicholas Sutton represented their schools in the state level of the National Geographic Bee sponsored by Google. They scored in the top 100 of all students in Illinois who took the qualifying test. Other Hinsdale Middle School students who received Ambassador awards included the members of the school’s Future Problem Solvers team, which recently participated in the state-level competition after qualifying at the regional level - Ayan Agarwal, Conor Donlevy, Peter Mercurio and Samuel Rasmussen. 

The class of Clarendon Hills Middle School teacher Megan Carey earned 1st place in the 6th grade level of the Knowledge Masters Competition for winter and spring. The students accurately and quickly answered 200 academic questions. Those honorees included: Annika Agrawal, Alyson Biegel, Charles Carter, Daren Chen, William Dannacher, Michael Easley, Brett Gasior, Kyra Graeb, William Haarlow, Emily Hines, Lelia Jennings, Kevin Jay, Rehan John, Joseph Kolnicki, Matthew Kusak, Joshua Lange, Margaret Litwin, Caroline Lyman, Sean McCleary, Brian McManus, Eleanor Pope, Gavin Schwarz, Nicholas Sutton, Samuel Thoele, Emmett Wilson and Chuqi Zheng.

The final recipients for the evening were the Grade 7 and 8 volleyball teams from Clarendon Hills Middle School. The 7th grade team earned 2nd place in the Orange Division. Team members are: Reagan Brownell, Ava Chami, Sarah Hughes, Lila Hutcherson, Kerri Kenney, Lara Klein, Kathryn Porter, Reilly Revord, Mollianna Schwarz, Sydney Seda, Qianfan Song, Alena Stankaitis, and Evan Talbott-Swain. The 8th grade team ended their season as conference champions, with an overall record of 18-5. The team, led by coach Mike Piper, includes: Katie Broz, Grace Hartzman, Katherine Hayes, Sydney Herzog, Emily Knutson, Andrea Kopp, Gillian Lail, Lila Loughlin, Georgia Murphy, Lisa Pitts, Zoe Relias, Jillian Schlais and Hannah Watts.


Caption (1): Superintendent Dr. Renée Schuster and Board President Michael Nelson awarded Ambassador of Excellence awards on April 22, 2013. One of the 70 recognized students was Sara Thomas, who earned a perfect 20 out of 20 score in the WordMasters national vocabulary competition, achieved by only 63 fourth graders in the country. 

Caption (2): Members of the Clarendon Hills Middle School 8th grade volleyball team represented their conference championship team at the Ambassadors of Excellence awards program. 

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