2016-2017APRILJacqueline PawlCosmetologyJacqueline is a senior at Downers Grove South and a second year student in Cosmetology. She is an exceptional student who goes above and beyond. In the state SkillsUSA written eligibility exam, she placed second in Esthetics and will now compete in Springfield at the end of April. Jacqueline had an opportunity to travel to Paris as part of a short term student exchange program. She had to work twice as hard to complete her summer cosmetology goals and tests in a shorter period of time, yet is now ahead on the timetable. She is on the TCD A-Team Honor Roll and just published a fictional book online. Jacqueline plans to complete her A.A.S. degree in Cosmetology at College of DuPage, then continue her education at a fashion college or institute.MARCHEric is a senior from Wheaton North in the PLTW Pathway to Engineering program. He specialized in Digital Electronics first semester and is now completing his capstone Engineering Design & Development project. Eric demonstrates real dedication to continuous learning and is a class leader. He is a TCD A-Team Honor Roll member and pursues a self-study of electronics concepts outside of class. He has excellent study habits, note-taking skills, and is thorough in all his work. He plans to attend College of DuPage for two years and then transfer to the University of Illinois to major in Electrical Engineering.Eric MoravekPLTW Pathway to EngineeringFEBRUARYJulian BoryszewskiNicholas MayMultimedia & Television ProductionNick and Julian are both Lake Park seniors and second year students in Multimedia & TV Production. Both are members of the TCD chapter of the National Technical Honor Society and TCD's A-Team Honor Roll. Each is seen as a classroom leader by their peers, helping first and second year students with their projects. Both regularly offer creative ideas, technical solutions, and new production techniques. They and a couple other classmates are currently working on a documentary about immigration.This year, both have been working as interns a couple days a week with the large production team at Wheaton Bible Church. The technical director reports that Nick and Julian are dependable and accurate, doing a level of work beyond that of a high school intern. They edit stories and videos that are seen by over 3,000 people each week.Nick plans to attend DePaul University, majoring in cinematography and TV production; Julian will attend College of DuPage then transfer to Columbia College or another Chicago area university for a degree in film and TV production.JANUARYGianna Vazquez, Medical Terminology & Healthcare CareersGianna is a Downers Grove South senior in Medical Terminology & Healthcare Careers. She is extremely professional, self-directed, and respectful of others. She takes pride in her work, with a high degree of accuracy. She is on TCD's A-Team Honor Roll and is on track to earn the program's 9 hours of dual credit (three college classes). Gianna plans to attend Northern Illinois University to pursue a degree and a career in physical therapy.DECEMBERSidney Wiese, Nursing Assistant Training ProgramSidney is a senior from Wheaton Warrenville South H.S. in the Nursing Assistant program. She came to TCD as a junior in the Medical Terminology & Healthcare Careers program. She was a member of TCD's A-Team Honor Roll and is a member of the TCD chapter of the National Technical Honor Society. Her nursing instructor, Ruth Ann Henson, RN, describes Sidney as a self-motivated, well-respected student. She was one of the first in the class to attend the mandatory clinical practicum in a long-term care facility and was willing to share her experience with students who had yet to do that. Students seek out Sidney for help and encouragement. She is enthusiastic, kind, and compassionate -- a perfect candidate for the medical field. After graduation, Sidney plans to enter the nursing program at Illinois State University.NOVEMBERMatthew Watson, Fire Science/EMTMatthew is a senior from Naperville Central in the Fire Science/EMT program. He is the highest-scoring student in the class, with a passion to perfect his skills, learn more, and do more. Even before the first formal day of instruction, Matthew organized an outside study group with fellow classmates. He looks for every opportunity to gain more experience and practice, both in and out of the classroom. He will compete in both SkillsUSA and HOSA competitions this year. He eagerly takes on leadership roles, including command positions in mock scenarios, where he has demonstrated skill in communicating, prioritizing, and critical thinking. After graduation, Matthew will go to the University of Akron to major in Emergency Management & Homeland Security.OCTOBERKevin Tucker, HVACRKevin is a senior at Addison Trail H.S. and a second year student in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration. He has a strong work ethic and motivation to do well. His positive attitude and maturity has earned him the respect of his classmates. He is a classroom leader, willing to assist other students. A TCD A-Team Honor Roll member, Kevin's ability to grasp the complexity of HVAC systems is exceptional. He has already completed the requirements for OSHA 10 certification and his résumé helped him obtain a part-time position with Colley Elevators in Bensenville. After graduation, Kevin will join the International Union of Elevator Constructors.2015-2016MAYParker Jagusch, Automotive TechnologyParker is a senior at West Chicago Community H.S. enrolled in the Automotive Technology program. He is described as hardworking and highly motivated, with excellent attendance and workplace skills. Parker takes great pride in his work, with a high degree of accuracy. He demonstrates significant leadership potential, assisting other students who need help. Parker is a member of TCD’s A-Team. After graduation, he plans on working toward Master Mechanic (Automotive Service Excellence) certification, and on obtaining an associate’s degree in business through College of DuPage. He hopes someday to operate his own business.
MAYJoseph Egan, Emergency Medical TechnicianJoe is a senior at Willowbrook H.S. and a first year student in TCD’s Fire Science-EMT program. He is one of the highest-scoring students ever in the program, demonstrating a commitment to understand new information and perfect his skills. He placed fourth in the EMT contest at State SkillsUSA and, with his teammate Matt Slonoff, won the EMT competition at the HOSA Leadership Conference (Health Occupations Student Association) this year. He and Slonoff will compete at the HOSA International Convention in Nashville TN in June. In August, Joe will enter the service of the U.S. Coast Guard and hopes to obtain his paramedic license during that time. After his military service, he will pursue a career in emergency medical services.APRILJessica Heatherly, Nursing Assistant Training ProgramJessica is a senior from Downers Grove South H.S. enrolled in the Nursing Assistant Training Program. Her instructor Marie Kmiec said Jessica has a strong work ethic, is organized, punctual, and well-prepared each day. She demonstrates leadership skills and assists other students with their skills. Jessica is a member of TCD's A-Team Honor Roll and the TCD chapter of the National Technical Honor Society. She plans to attendthe University of Western Michigan in the nursing program there, with the goal of becoming a surgical nurse in the future.MARCH
Elizabeth Chanhnourack, Professional Cooking, Baking & ServiceEllie is a senior from Downers Grove North H.S. and a second year student in the Professional Cooking, Baking, & Service program. She is on TCD's A-Team Honor Roll and a member of the National Technical Honor Society. Her TCD chef instructors are impressed by her maturity and professionalism, noting her friendly personality and leadership skills. She seeks out advanced work and challenges, so they did not hesitate to recommend Ellie for employment by Parker's Restaurant in Downers Grove, even though she was only a junior at the time. Chef Patrick McLaughlin of Parker's spoke glowingly about Ellie to the DAOES Board, observing that she was quiet at first, but has grown into a confident, "take charge" employee.Ellie competed this past February in the 2016 Illinois ProStart Student Invitational at McCormick Place. She and her four teammates placed 3rd in the Restaurant Concept Design competition. After graduation, Ellie plans to work for a year, then use her scholarships from the ProStart competition at Johnson & Wales University. She aspires to own a pastry business some day.
Kayla Paz, Criminal JusticeKayla is a senior at Addison Trail H.S. and a second year student in the Criminal Justice program. She is an "A" student and a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She displays excellent leadership skills and is always willing to help other students build their skills. She has been accepted to Lewis University where she will pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. She plans to enter law enforcement and work her way up to homicide detective.JANUARY
Thomas Patrick Shanahan, Jr., Construction TradesPatrick is a second year Construction Trades student from the Glenbard South Transition Program. His positive perspective and outgoing personality have earned him the respect and admiration of his classmates and instructor, Steve Cervenka. Patrick is dependable, trustworthy, and always willing to help other students. He has been working this year as an intern with TCD's maintenance mechanics, learning various aspects of general building maintenance and repairs. Outside of school, Patrick works for The Links in Glen Ellyn.DECEMBER
Nicholas Scurto, Multimedia & TV ProductionNick is a second year student in Multimedia, a TCD A-Team honoree, and a member of TCD's National Technical Honor Society. He is a classroom leader and strives to discover new production techniques on a regular basis. He assists classmates with their projects and has become the "go-to" guy in the classroom. This year, Nick is interning at Wheaton Bible Church's professional production facility, working directly with the lead video editor cutting media seen by over 3000 people every week. After graduation, Nick plans to study digital media at Tribeca Flashpoint in Chicago.NOVEMBERLeonardo Kekic, Automotive TechnologyLeo is a senior from Lake Park and a second year student in Automotive Technology. He is a member of TCD's A-Team and the National Technical Honor Society. He has participated in SkillsUSA and the FordAAA Auto Skills competitions. He fully takes advantage of everything the program has to offer and though he started with very limited auto tech knowledge, his focus, hard work, and ambition have helped him reach a level of skill necessary to succeed in this industry. He plans on earning a degree in Automotive Technology at Southern Illinois University.OCTOBEREmalyn Caballero, CosmetologyEmalyn is a senior at Waubonsie Valley H.S. and a second year student in TCD’s Cosmetology program. Emalyn maintains an A average in Cosmetology and is a member of the TCD chapter of the National Technical Honor Society. Not only does she demonstrate a mastery of the practical skills and academic curriculum, she is a leader in the classroom. Emalyn participates in Cosmetology Club’s extracurricular activities: providing hair and make-up services for high school theatrical productions and fashion shows, as well as moulage, the simulation of wounds and injuries for “victims” in the disaster scenarios held by TCD’s Fire Science and Criminal Justice programs. After earning her state Cosmetology license and graduating from Waubonsie Valley, Emalyn plans to pursue a degree in chemical engineering at Northern Illinois University. Her goal is to develop her own skin care products, specifically for people with sensitive skin and serious skin disorders.SEPTEMBERSamantha Leonard - Early Childhood Education & Care
Samantha is a senior from Wheaton Warrenville South and a second year student in ECEC. Instructor Jeanne Beauchamp describes Samantha diligent, highly motivated, and possessing "contagious enthusiasm." As a result of her hard work and perseverance, Samantha has already completed all the requirements for the Level 1 ECE Credential, as well as earning COD dual credit for CPR. After graduation, she plans on continuing her education in early childhood at the College of DuPage.