2016-2017MAYLaura SchechterProfessional Cooking, Baking & Service
Laura is a senior from Wheaton Warrenville South and a second year student in Professional Cooking, Baking & Service. She is a hardworking, motivated, and reliable leader among her peers. She eagerly volunteers at many building events and was named a TCD Outstanding Senior for 2017. Laura’s restaurant concept “Live Love Waffles” was voted number one by her classmates and subsequently ran for several weeks in the Bistro. Family, staff members, and member school staff enjoyed her creative and delicious menu.Laura has earned her ServSafe Manager Certification and is completing requirements for ACF certification. She has one of the highest grades in the class (currently 99%), is an active member of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), and was named a 2017 TCD Outstanding Senior. Laura plans to continue her education at the College of DuPage in either culinary arts or technical theatre.MAYCaroline LavinWelding Technology
Caroline is a senior from Glenbard South-Directions and a second year student in Welding Technology. She is extremely self-motivated, seeking new opportunities to learn and advance in various welding processes, not only through the TCD program, but additional instruction at College of DuPage. Caroline has put her skills to work in ornamental welding, using different techniques to create impressive sculptures. Her creative skills were put to the test at the Illinois SkillsUSA competition. Her “Bonsai Tree” creation earned first place in the welding sculpture division, making her eligible to compete at nationals. After graduation, Caroline intends to further her education in welding, either through an apprenticeship with the Pipefitters Union or a college level welding program.APRILJacqueline 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 Chicagoarea 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.