- Technology Center of DuPage
DAOES Student Recognition
Angelina and Isabella Panzeca, Nursing Assistant Training Program
Angelina and Isabella are twin sisters who are seniors at York High School and attend the Nursing Assistant Training Program at TCD. According to their instructor, Mrs. Laurie Bartels, they are exceptional students each with specific strengths of their very own, while also displaying the qualities necessary to become exceptional nurses in the future. These qualities include dedication, strong work ethic, responsibility, accountability, the ability to nurture and care for others, and to be strong team members and leaders. They were recognized at TCD’s annual A Team ceremony and have been nominated for National Technical Honor Society.
Rehn Stahulak, Auto Body Repair & Refinishing
Rehn attends Wheaton North High School and is a second year student in TCD’s Auto Body Repair & Refinishing Program. According to his instructor, Mr. Paul Bunge, Rehn displays a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition. He is definitely a leader that prides himself on his excellent scholastic accomplishments. Rehn’s attention to detail and pleasant demeanor are an inspiration to his peers and staff members alike. Rehn recently demonstrated leadership qualities by providing guidance to fellow students in skills they need to succeed. Rehn plans to continue his education at Waubonsee Community College where his good judgment and mature outlook ensure a successful future.
Mizani Roberts, Emergency Medical Technician
Mizani attends Naperville Central High School and TCD’s Emergency Medical Technician program. Mizani’s instructors, Lieutenant Bayne and Lieutenant Dinelli, stated that Mizani is a leader in her assigned squad. She not only has the highest grade of all the EMT students in both the AM & PM classes, but also has perfect attendance. She demonstrates a positive attitude and great work ethic, going beyond the textbook and classroom to gain the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed. In addition, she also has a caring, and compassionate bedside manner. Mizani has been accepted to the University of Iowa in the fall of 2020. She hopes to attend medical school in her higher education to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor in pediatric medicine
Olivia Martinez, Multimedia & Television Production
Olivia is a senior at Glenbard North High School and attends the District 87 Directions Program. Olivia was recommended by her instructor, Mr. Jeff Heise, who shared that although Olivia joined the class late in the semester, she put forth every effort to catch up with the class. Olivia stayed after class on multiple occasions and worked every day without distraction. The quality of work she produces is high and her work ethic is solid. As far as future plans, Olivia hopes to obtain a degree in Biology and be a part of a team that can change the world by helping clean up and repair damage that has already been done. Olivia plans to use her Multimedia experience to document changes to inform the public of future needs.
Faith DiSilvestro, Nursing Assistant Training Program
Faith attends Addison Trail High School and was nominated by her instructor, Ms. Betty Jo Rispens, who stated that Faith consistently demonstrates her commitment and desire to succeed both in school and in life. Faith is meticulous about completing skills on time and accurately, and assists other students who are having difficulty in accomplishing a skill. Outside of school, Faith works as a lifeguard and swim instructor several days per week, but never misses an opportunity to study or review. Faith is a role model to others.
Jude Dakak, Early Childhood Education & Care
Jude is a second-year student in TCD’s Early Childhood Education & Care Program from Downers Grove South High School. Jude was nominated by her instructor, Ms. Helen Figaro. In her nomination, Ms. Figaro stated that Jude is a highly motivated self-starter. She is a respectful and skilled mentor for the first year students, with knowledge and compassion for teaching that surpasses others her age. She is always ready to assist others, whether that is other students, preschoolers or families.
Corinne Medina, Computer Information Systems & Game Design
Corinne is a senior at Neuqua Valley High School and a student in the Computer Information System/Game Design program at Technology Center of DuPage. According to her instructor, Mr. Evan Wright, Corinne is a hardworking, creative, and enthusiastic student who works well with others. Corinne’s love of a challenge was evident in class as she breezed through class academic units most students found challenging and completed every one of them ahead of schedule. Corinne demonstrated her creativity and humor in numerous projects she completed in class using 3d modeling software. After graduation, Corinne plans to study at College of DuPage, and then transfer to Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
Joe Anastasi, Automotive Technology
Joe is a senior at Glenbard West High School and a second year student in the Automotive Technology Program at Technology Center of DuPage. He was nominated by his teacher, Mr. Doug Schlachter. In his nomination, Mr. Schlachter stated that Joe is an amazing student who demonstrates a high level of dedication and commitment every day, and maximizes every potential opportunity. Currently, Joe works at Suburban Tire in Glendale Heights and has been very successful because he is able to apply the skills he has learned at TCD. In addition to his own achievements, Joe has done an excellent job of mentoring other students, earning the respect and appreciation from his teacher and peers. Joe plans for a future in the automotive field, and will attend Triton College’s GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP). He would someday like to work at a General Motors dealership.
Karime Martinez, Nursing Assistant Training Program
Karime is a senior at Addison Trail High School and a student in the Nursing Assistant Training Program at Technology Center of DuPage. She was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Laurie Bartels. Mrs. Bartels stated that Karime is a responsible, dedicated, enthusiastic and caring student who is determined to succeed in the program and to continue her education in a healthcare career. Mrs. Bartels shared that it is exciting to teach and mentor a student who has a true passion for nursing. Karime is kind and compassionate for both patients and fellow students. Karime’s classmates appreciate her leadership qualities and kindness to others. In addition to her excellence at TCD, Karime maintains high grades and is an athlete at her high school. Karime is an exceptional young lady who is dedicated and passionate about her studies and driven to pursue a nursing career.
Lilia Gelande, Early Childhood Eduction & CareLilia is a junior at Naperville Central High school and a first year student in the Early Childhood Education program at Technology Center of DuPage. Lilia is admired by her peers and teachers. She is positive, enthusiastic and sets the tone for her teaching team, acting as a mentor to her peers. She is caring and gentle with the preschool children and comfortable and professional when interacting with parents. Lilia’s can-do/will-do attitude makes her a successful student whether in the lab or working on chapter work, projects or lesson plans. She is a dedicated and passionate young woman with a kind heart which will make her a wonderful teacher someday.
Stephen Sanchez, Medical Terminology & Healtchcare Careers
Stephen is a senior at Fenton High school and is a student in TCD’s Medical Terminology & Healthcare Careers program. According to his instructor, Mrs. Sharifi, Stephen is an exceptional student with excellent attendance and is always an active class participant. He is self-directed, consistently on-task, completes all assignments on time. Currently, Stephen is maintaining a high "A" average in the Medical Terminology & Healthcare Careers, a very challenging and demanding class which combines a college-level Biomedical Terminology course with healthcare career exploration and basic healthcare skills. Upon successful completion of this year, he will have earned three hours of college credit for Biomedical Terminology and two hours of credit for "Survey of Healthcare Careers". Stephen exhibits excellent professionalism and leadership skills in class every day. He has taken an active role in his own career planning and spent time researching programs for pharmacy technician training. Stephen’s commitment to do well and be successful in the medical field is demonstrated each day.
Adela Alvarez, Auto Body Repair & Refinishing
Adela is a senior at West Chicago High School and is a second-year student in the Auto Body program at TCD. Mr. Paul Bunge, Adela's instructor, shares that since Adela returned for a second year, she has embraced a new role in her TCD experience. Although she is continuing to learn, she has also begun to share her knowledge and experience with others. In addition to being a TCD student ambassador, she continues to give back by mentoring students, training area counselors, and speaking with students interested in attending TCD in the future. She is also working on a documentary about our program for one of her classes. Adela is an exceptional young woman who is dedicated and passionate about the auto body industry and being successful.
Zoe Strauch, Professional Cooking, Baking & Service
Zoe is a second-year student from Downers Grove North, enrolled in TCD’s Professional Cooking, Baking & Service program and was nominated by her instructor, Chef Matt Barker. In his nomination, Chef Barker states that Zoe goes above and beyond in the classroom setting. She is self-motivated with her learning in the PCBS program, and is always quick to volunteer or participate with student activities. Zoe was the only junior on the ProStart team last year, which took second place in the state. She volunteers at events at school and serves a TCD Student Ambassador. Zoe is well-respected and admired by her peers and teachers. Her dedication to do well and be successful is demonstrated each day.
Josh Itano, Emergency Medical Technician
Josh is a second-year student in TCD's EMT Program, having completed our Fire Science program last year. Josh is the highest scoring student in the class, according to his instructor, Mr. Leston. His commitment to understanding and mastering new information is only exceeded by his passion to perfect his skills, learn more, and do more. Josh is admired and respected by his peers, who often approach him for information and clarification in squad activities and information in general. He always lends a helping hand and willingly volunteers to help others. His appreciation and respect for his instructors and for the learning opportunity is remarkable, and he is truly an asset in the classroom where all benefit from his interaction. Josh hopes to continue his education in the medical field.
Jared Fricke, Multimedia & Television Production
Jared Fricke is a second-year student in TCD’s Multimedia & Television Production Program from Wheaton North High School. Jared was nominated by his instructor, Mr. Jeff Heise. In his nomination, Mr. Heise stated that Jared is a diligent, highly motivated, and conscientious student. Jared is currently serving as an intern at Wheaton Bible Church, a facility considered to be a “Mega Church” with up to 3,000 members. According to Mr. Heise, Jared is a classroom leader who strives to discover new techniques for production. He is a student who works toward excellence in all the projects that he is a part of, and encourages others to do the same. Jared shows great potential to be successful as he pursues his career in the industry, and is wished the best of luck in future endeavors.
Sam Richetti, Residential Wiring
Sam Richetti is a senior at Willowbrook High School and a second-year student in Technology Center of DuPage’s Residential Wiring Program. In his nomination, Mr. Steve Cervenka stated that Sam has developed a strong work ethic and is a hard worker who strives to do his best. He brings maturity, a positive attitude, and has established himself as a classroom leader who can take charge of a group, or assist other students who may be struggling.Sam is a member of the A-Team, a Student Ambassador, and recently competed in the Residential Wiring competition at Skills USA. After graduation, Sam will be entering the International Union of Electrical Workers Pre-Apprentice Program.
Mike Virzi, Automotive Technology
Mike Virzi is a senior at Glenbard West High School and a second-year student in Technology Center of DuPage’s Auto Technology Program. In his nomination, Mr. Doug Schlachter stated that Mike is one of the greatest role models he has seen in the auto program since he has been an instructor at TCD. Mike’s optimistic demeanor and respect for peers and teachers has identified him as a “go to” individual when something needs to get done or to mentor another student. He is extremely humble and has an exceptional enthusiasm and willingness to learn. In addition to being recognized as DAOES April Student of the Month, Mike will represent TCD at the IPA (Illinois Principal Association) Student Recognition Breakfast. After graduation, Mike plans to continue to study Automotive Technology.
Shnayia Rodgers, Professional Cooking, Baking & Service
Shnayia Rodgers is a senior at Westmont High School and a first-year student in Technology Center of DuPage’s Professional Cooking, Baking and Service Program. In his nomination, Chef Matt Barker stated that Shnayia is an enthusiastic and committed learner who strives to reach her full potential. She possesses a work ethic years ahead of her age and treats both staff and other students with respect. Each day, Shnayia walks into the kitchen and immediately gets to work. She goes above and beyond to complete all tasks and goal work. She shows leadership by example, keeping the kitchen clean and organized, while working at a pace that the other students try to match. In addition, Shnayia excels in understanding
how to present herself. In a mock interview exercise in class, Shnayia received a 100 percent on the assignment, and the interviewer complimented her professionalism and warmth. We wish Shanyia the best and know that she be successful in whatever she chooses to do.
FEBRUARYOsama Abdelsalam, Auto Body
Osama "Sam" Abdelsalam is a student of the Hinsdale South’s Transition Program and is a first-year student in Technology Center of DuPage’s Auto Body Collision and Repair program. Sam was nominated by his instructor, Paul Bunge, who stated that Sam is the rare student who combines exceptional talent with a willingness and eagerness to learn. He often works on extra-curricular assignments at home to help him have a better understanding of concepts and terminology. His dedication and hard work has paid off as he was recently a member of the A-Team. Sam enjoys working in the shop either with his peers on a project or tackling a difficult task on his own. Sam constantly challenges himself to improve upon his skills to better prepare him for his future. He truly puts his heart and soul into being the best he can be. Sam’s future plans include coming back to TCD next year followed by beginning his career at a collision repair shop.
JANUARYKristen Cerney, Multimedia
Kristen is a senior from Downers Grove North High School and has been enrolled in the Multimedia program since her junior year. Kristen was unable to attend the Board meeting, but TCD Multimedia program instructor, Jeff Heise, shared his reasons for her nomination with the Board. Kristen is a classroom leader who strives to discover new techniques for production on a regular basis. Kristen often assists first and second-year students with their projects, as well as offering creative ideas and technical solutions to accentuate their work. This year, Kristen works as an intern at Wheaton Bible Church. The Wheaton Bible Production Team says Kristen is very dependable, works in a timely fashion and always completes tasks correctly. The director of the team has given Kristen additional responsibilities with confidence that the work will get done. Kristen edits stories for the production team that are used in the main service or other departments. Wheaton Bible Church, serves up to 3,000 members.DECEMBERIsaac Tipner, WeldingIsaac is a senior from Lake Park High School and has been enrolled in the Welding program since his junior year. Isaac was nominated by his instructor, Robert Gutierrez. According to Mr. Gutierrez, Isaac is the highest scoring student in his class. He has developed a strong work ethic and exceeded all classroom and teacher expectations. Isaac has assisted other welding students and even program areas at TCD and is always eager to talk to others about welding and projects he is working on. Isaac’s eagerness to further enhance his welding skills led him to enroll in Mr. Gutierrez’s College of DuPage Welding class. Isaac’s commitment to do well and be successful is demonstrated each day. He is an exceptional young man who is dedicated and passionate about his work as well as helping those around him. Isaac plans to work in machine operating and hopes to own his own business.NOVEMBERMary Coffey, Fire Science/EMTMary is a senior from Wheaton Warrenville South High School and attends the Fire Science/EMT program. Mary was nominated by her instructor, Lt. Greg Leston, who could not say enough about Mary’s commitment to personal excellence. He shared that she sets high standards for herself and is willing to help other students attain success as well, even offering to form study groups outside of school. Mary decided to attend TCD when she attended the 7th Grade Career Fair. She chose the Fire Science/EMT program because she wanted to “go out of her comfort zone.” Mary plans to attend College of DuPage next year to study EMS.
OCTOBEREmily Pietka, Nursing Assistant Training ProgramEmily is a second-year student in TCD’s Nursing Assistant Training Program from Lake Park High School. Mrs.Ruth Ann Henson nominated Emily, stating that she is self- motivated to learn in the nursing program, and quick to volunteer or participate with student activities. Recently Emily shared with the class her ability to speak Polish, her cultural heritage, and her experiences while visiting Poland. She explained the health care system in Poland and how people are provided health care services. Emily’s willingness to share and add to the learning of all students really makes her an emerging health care leader in the classroom. Emily’s kindness, compassion, and empathy make her a perfect candidate for the medical field. After graduation, Emily plans to attend college to become a neo-natal nurse practitioner.SEPTEMBERMadison Parker, CosmetologyMadison is a second-year student in TCD’s Cosmetology Program from Downers Grove South High School. Mrs. Jeanna Tenuta nominated Madison, describing her as a diligent, highly motivated and conscientious student who goes above and beyond classroom expectations. Madison has over 1200 hours whereas most students have earned around 800 hours. She has signed up for many extra-curricular activities at TCD including Cosmo Club, school plays, TCD Open House, and other community events. Last year, Madison joined her peers and traveled to Springfield IL for the Skills USA Competition. Win or lose, Madison maintained a positive attitude and was thankful for the experience. After graduation, Madison plans to attend makeup school.