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SHERIFF DART ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF
2015 YOUTH SERVICE MEDAL OF HONOR

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 —313 high school students representing 55 towns will receive the Cook County Sheriff’s Youth Service Medal of Honor tonight as recognition for volunteering more than 100 hours to their community and others in the last year, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today.

The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. tonight at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills. The event will take place in Building M just off the 111th St. entrance to the campus.

In addition to the minimum of 100 service hours, applicants were required to submit essays about their experiences. Examples of service from this year’s winners include mentoring students, providing cancer support services, cleaning their city, assisting in food pantries and volunteering at their local church. The cumulative community service time among the 313 winners surpassed 45,000 hours.


This year’s distinguished youth speaker is Megan Horras. Prior to the 2014-2015 academic year, Megan was part of a summer school program in which she taught special education students. Some of the students were nonverbal, yet Megan overcame the communication barrier by teaching herself American Sign Language in order to better serve the students. Megan Horras is a resident of Orland Park and attends Carl Sandburg High School.


2015 Youth Service Medal of Honor Winners

Alsip

  • Alaina Peters

Arlington Heights

  • Emilee Gonzalez

Barrington Hills

  • Jack Thennisch

Barrington

  • Harshini Chellasamy
  • Payton Muhs
  • Maria Saucedo
  • James Tiao
  • Justin Tiao

Berwyn

  • Kayli Sayatovic

Bridgeview

  • Malake Alazmah
  • Osaamah Abdulla
  • Baraa Alkhani
  • Yasmeen Hassoun

Broadview

  • Maxwell Hoadley
  • Carlos Ward

Brookfield

  • Isabel Blando
  • Gianni D’Altorio
  • Priscilla Gonzalez
  • Kapria Jackson
  • Katelyn Klein
  • Zachary Lake
  • Kourtney Lashley
  • Kaitlin Lizik
  • Anastasia Quercia

Chicago Heights

  • Kenya Claiborne
  • Deja Hutton
  • Azariah Lifschultz

Chicago

  • Timothy Brazil
  • Antionette Burgess
  • Julissa Carmona
  • Heather Chauca
  • Chloe Cole
  • Makai Collins
  • Maggie Corcoran
  • Melvin Darwin
  • Daisy Diaz
  • Jazzmine Diaz
  • Julia Durnell
  • Hannah Dykehouse
  • Sarah Dynia
  • Cynthia Estrada
  • Kimberly Gallegos
  • Mia Garcia
  • Yolanda Gomez
  • Laura Guerrero
  • Elizabeth Lang
  • Cali Leeds
  • Anthony Lovelace
  • Bryanna Martinez
  • Alexis Murillo
  • Erin Nelson
  • Ruben Nevarez
  • Tylar Perdue
  • Marcelina Puc
  • Stephanie Ramirez
  • Jeremy Ross
  • Amanda Sadowski
  • Elsa Sanchez
  • Danielle Sheremeta
  • Rebecca Shiner
  • Alexander Solis
  • Kendall Wharton

Countryside

  • Erin McKeon

Des Plaines

  • Giada Morresi

Elmwood Park

  • Oliwia Ozog
  • Jonathon Thomas

Evanston

  • Olasumbo Babalola
  • Julia Danson
  • Alexandra Deamant
  • Adama Diakhate
  • Turner Dobbs
  • Gabriella Fies
  • Roman Gomez
  • Grace Goodman
  • Nicholas Maslauski
  • Ben Morton
  • Olivia Post
  • Charlotte Rees
  • Andres Salas
  • Alyson Singleton
  • Maya Wernikoff

Hazel Crest

  • Ahnia Ricks

Hickory Hills

  • Kyle Grzelinski
  • Afra Mohammed

Hillside

  • Daniel Hawkins

Hoffman Estates

  • Dristi Chaudhuri
  • Matthew Heroldt
  • Connor Kenyon

Indian Head Park

  • Dylan Jones

Justice

  • Aiden Horan
  • Treasure Young

LaGrange

  • Alyssa Birica
  • George Chavez
  • Robyn Collins
  • Angela Freda
  • Juliana Halpin
  • Brianna Hicks-Jones
  • Nolberto Pina

LaGrange Park

  • Amaria Clarke
  • Christopher Psenicka
  • Amerals Wheatley-Johnson

Lemont

  • Taylor Campos
  • Gerda Simkeviciute

Lyons

  • Makayla Lee

 

Markham

  • Maricela Garcia
  • Jessica Stewart

Midlothian

  • Kitara Dee
  • Demeri Pajic

Mount Prospect

  • Rahul Shah

Niles

  • Gary Lynch

North Riverside

  • Nicole Bajerek

Oak Forest

  • Jodi Lee Bushnell-Aleman
  • James Crosetto
  • Joseph Crosetto
  • Mary Kate Donegan
  • Matthew Donley
  • Claire Holewa
  • Rachel Kalebich
  • Marley Majetic
  • Amelia McDowell
  • Jack Neylon
  • Nicholas Pochinskas
  • Haylie Schadt

Oak Lawn

  • Courtney Leverenz
  • Izabela Paraga
  • Janvi Patel
  • Matthew Tischer

Oak Park

  • Jane Larson

Orland Hills

  • Richard Aguinaga
  • Mateusz Antolak
  • Gianna Delpercio
  • Gianni Iannantone
  • Angel Mohrs
  • Tyler Murray
  • Abbiel Sanders
  • Nadin Seif
  • Nour Seif

Orland Park

  • Mohammed Abourahma
  • Yasmeen Abu-Samra
  • Ashlynn Aherne
  • Tyler Alfini
  • Dallas Artis
  • Mikaela Arredondo
  • Anthony Arunno
  • Victoria Atkinson
  • Oludolapo Awodiran
  • Arjun Bagai
  • Kholoud Baste
  • Jaimee Bigott
  • Daniel Bornstein
  • Allison Boyce
  • Joseph Bresingham
  • Maya Burnett
  • Cody Butler
  • Samantha Butzen
  • Joanna Capiak
  • Karalyn Cardinal
  • Matthew Carella
  • Sarah Cinquepalmi
  • Caitlin Connors
  • Kristin Cook
  • Brendan Cooke
  • Ian Crain
  • Brooke Doman
  • Abigail Dorey
  • Erin Duffy
  • Kaylyn Egyarto
  • Waseem Elayaan
  • Deena Elboghdady
  • Mahynour El-Shikh
  • Deena Elwi
  • Adam Ewidah
  • Kathleen Fabular
  • Natalie Faltenberg
  • Colleen Finucane
  • Curtis Fortin
  • Alexandra Gary
  • Javier Garza
  • Lance George
  • Alexis Good
  • Gianna Gradowski
  • Morgan Greene
  • Ennis Hajyousif
  • Natalie Harmening
  • Jamie Hill
  • Ashley Horras
  • Megan Horras
  • Alyssa Hultquist
  • Jacob Hyde
  • James Jaeger
  • Joseph Jaeger
  • James Jankowski
  • Roseanna Jumah
  • Mark Kaczmarczyk
  • Hafsa Kagzi
  • Jacob Keefe
  • Rebecca Kenes
  • Nick Kiecana
  • Callahan Klein
  • Casey Krzeczkowski
  • Natalie Kryzston
  • Katie Manning
  • Marissa Martino
  • Brad Martisauski
  • Rachel Mathew
  • Abaigeal McCorry
  • Hannah McCorry
  • Rebecca McWilliams
  • Alyssa Melone
  • Abaan Merchant
  • Anne Mokate
  • Meghan Mokate
  • Danielle Moran
  • Donald Murphy
  • Samantha Murphy
  • Joshua Otto
  • Arris Panos
  • Lauryn Papan
  • Dushaun Phelps
  • Anna Pietkiewicz
  • Briar Qualizza
  • Joseph Randolph
  • Haley Reks
  • Lauren Riebel
  • Monica Roselli
  • Katherine Ruane
  • Michelle Rubino
  • Sara Salama
  • Ahmed Salameh
  • Nadine Salem
  • Alexander Sandoval
  • Brian Santor
  • Marilyn Sedlak
  • Mahun Siddiqui
  • Joshua Slee
  • Michal Splawski
  • Francesca Strolia
  • Nicole Stubenfoll
  • Benjamin Turcich
  • Grace Turcich
  • Joseph Vaccaro
  • Tijana Vukanic
  • Liam Walsh
  • Grace Ward
  • Melissa Welch
  • Tricia Welch
  • Joshua White
  • Carly Whiteford
  • Riley Wilson
  • Jake Winer
  • Rachel Witt
  • Storm Wojcik
  • Suah Yun
  • Olivia Zaczyk

 

Palatine

  • Daniel Tokarz

Palos Heights

  • Desmond Athy
  • Andriana Evangelopoulos
  • Kayla Haas
  • Domenick Jaconetty
  • Michael Marx
  • Logan Maske
  • Luke Pappas

Palos Hills

  • Merian Esparza
  • Alexandra Guzman
  • Anmole Jhally
  • Krystyna Kwak
  • Kyle Marrotta
  • Aseel Quad
  • Angel Rivera
  • Anahi Torres
  • Sydney Trent
  • Julie Zielinski

Palos Park

  • Michael Boike
  • Lauren DeAngelis
  • Edward Henzl III
  • Gianna Kmiec
  • Benjamin Kohlhass
  • Justyna Kukulka
  • Andrei Lynch
  • Erin O’Leary
  • Sarah Schuld
  • Evan Vouris

Park Ridge

  • Jessica Burgos
  • Sean McGovern
  • Jristen Sako

Posen

  • Nicole Ames

Richton Park

  • Darion Evans

River Forest

  • Christina Strand

Riverside

  • Nerija Cuplinskas
  • Colin Hughes
  • Samantha Miezio
  • Hannah Ranft
  • Jacqueline Servin
  • Lizbeth Servin

Robbins

  • Dai Treona Doty
  • Dai Jerne’ Slater

Schaumburg

  • Elizabeth Einig

Skokie

  • Jimmy Gonzalez-Vicker

South Barrington

  • Syed Hasan
  • Millen Srivastava
  • Alice Yu

Stickney

  • Jessica Sullivan

Streamwood

  • Nicholas Hall-Skank

Summit

  • Muhammad Tabor

Tinley Park

  • Umamah Alam
  • Alexa Benakovich
  • Molly Blitstein
  • Andrew Brescia
  • Amanda Campbell
  • Claire Cavaretta
  • Emily Cavaretta
  • Kayla Doody
  • Abagail Evans
  • Lisa Ferenbecker
  • Garrick Fernandez
  • Colin Gallagher
  • Justin George
  • Moe-Myint Han
  • Michael Horan
  • Duaa Huseen
  • Danielle Kapanowski
  • Brenden Kaslewicz
  • Yasmine Madrigal
  • Jamie Markus
  • Joshua O’Donnell
  • Tyler Opferman
  • Jonathan Potempa
  • Katey Ritchie
  • Jillian Rose
  • Aisha Safi
  • Lena Safi
  • Emily Sherman
  • Jillian Steinke
  • Connor Strein
  • Alivia Tessari
  • Nicholas Zufan

Westchester

  • Aidan Walton

Western Springs

  • Katie King

Willow Springs

  • Fatima Mitchell

Wilmette

  • Alex Look

 

 

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