Hinsdale Rotary honors junior high, high school students
Hinsdale Rotary Club honorees were Tanner Patrick Makris, Tommy Lyne, Alison Albelda, Gianni Frasca and Sophie Palo.
Updated: March 15, 2013 11:20AM
HINSDALE — Five students who attend Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale Middle School and Clarendon Hills Middle School received the Rotary Club of Hinsdale’s Youth Merit Award.
This award recognizes extraordinary high school and middle school students for services to their community and classmates, leadership qualities and academic achievements.
The Rotary Club of Hinsdale honors students from area public and private schools at award ceremonies several times each school year. Rotarian Cheri Vana, vice president at RBS Citizens in Hinsdale, coordinates the program. Staff members at Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale Middle School, Clarendon Hills Middle School, Hinsdale Adventist Academy, St. Isaac Jogues and Notre Dame School nominate students.
The award winners attend a Rotary meeting, address the club members about their activities and interests, and receive a certificate to commemorate the occasion. The honorees attend with their parents and invite an individual they consider their influential teacher. This month’s teachers were Cheryl Esparza, Jennifer McCredy, Theresa Wilkie and Andrew Dzija.
The following students earned the award:
• Tanner Patrick Makris of Hinsdale, a seniorat Hinsdale Central
• Tommy Lyne of Hinsdale, an eighth-grader at Hinsdale Middle School
• Alison Albelda of Hinsdale, an eighth-grader at Hinsdale Middle School
• Gianni Frasca of Clarendon Hills, an eighth-grader at Clarendon Hills Middle School
• Sophie Palo of Clarendon Hills, an eighth-grader at Clarendon Hills Middle School
“For more than two decades the Rotary Club of Hinsdale has presented its Youth Merit Awards. These awards identify and honor middle and high school students who set the example for their contemporaries in academics, athletics, the arts and community service,” said President Rich Barton.
The Rotary Club of Hinsdale meets weekly at 12:15 p.m. at the Community House in Hinsdale. The club, founded in 1959, consists of men and women of diverse backgrounds whose personal commitment to service ranges from support of local youth programs to assistance for the poor and sick across the globe. For more information, visit www.hinsdalerotary.org.