School Board Meeting Highlights:
Honoring students for unique achievements
At the School Board meeting last night we celebrated the stories of four unique and accomplished students from Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools. Each of these students have embraced the gifts and talents that make them distinctive and have found great success in doing so. Celebrating our students is always a highlight of these meetings.
Corlin Leonard, Andrew High School
Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council
Andrew High School Senior Corlin Leonard was honored for his selection to the Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council. Of the more than 900 school districts across the state, Corlin was selected as one of 20 students to serve on the Council. He will begin his duties next month with a meeting at the Governor's Mansion to meet his fellow representatives and then a sit down with State Superintendent of Schools Tony Smith and members of the State Board of Education. Setting Corlin apart from other nominees for the Council is his passion for both music and service. He plans to study music production in college as well as establish a nonprofit organization that serves the homeless in our community.
Carson Krol and Aristotle Vainikos, Sandburg High School
Perfect 36 scores on ACT
Sandburg High School Seniors Carson Krol and Aristotle Vainikos were honored for both earning Perfect 36 scores on the ACT. These highly intelligent, committed and involved Eagles are true examples of well-rounded students who take advantage of the many opportunities available in our schools. You may remember Ares from his video appearance at Institute Day where he shared that his story includes being is a triplet which has shaped his life experience in a very unique way.
Peter Gordan, Stagg High School
Founder Homes4Monarchs nonprofit organizations
Stagg High School Senior Peter Gordan was honored for his passion for saving Monarch Butterflies. At the age of 5, Peter organized his first stint in activism when he and his brother protested their mother's plan to remove milkweed from their yard. He had read in a picture book that milkweed was the only place that Monarch butterflies lay eggs. He knew immediately he needed to save the plants. This action has spurred a lifetime passion for saving the Monarchs and led to his creation of a nonprofit organization, Homes4Monarchs, that enlists the help of his fellow students, service organizations and community volunteers to package and distribute milkweed seeds. He also is organizing a community event in January to educate the public and engage them in his mission. Peter is saving the Monarchs, one milkweed seed at a time.