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The Hinsdale Central girls volleyball program raised $2,500 at its Volley for the Cure Oct. 9.

Proceeds will be donated both to St. Jude’ Research Hospital and to a Hinsdale Central staff member whose family is battling cancer.

The team raffled off 34 gift baskets, offered six silent auction items and sold baked goods during the Hinsdale Central-Hinsdale South volleyball game. A 50/50 split the pot raffle generated $245 for the fundraiser and the student who won.

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Normandy Designer Kelly McDermott was named to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 30 under 30 Class of 2020

The association receives hundreds of nominees for the award, which recognizes the nation’s next generation of innovators taking the remodeling industry by storm.

“It is such an honor to be recognized along with my talented peers from across the country,” McDermott said. “I’m thrilled to be included in this year’s ’30 under 30 class.’ ”

McDermott earned her bachelor’s in interior design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and recently received NKBA certification as an Associate of Kitchen and Bathroom Design.

“Kelly is a talented designer and is an enthusiastic member of the Normandy team,” said Andy Wells, Normandy president. “She has an exceptional way of bringing her customers’ vision to life, and I’m glad NKBA recognized her for it.”


Amy Avakian, Anna Fiascone and Jeannie LaPlaca of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group Hinsdale office have received the Five Star Professional Real Estate Agent award for 2019.

Five Star Professional provides independent client satisfaction research on the performance of service professionals. Research was conducted with consumers, industry peers and leaders to identify service professionals who scored highest in overall satisfaction.

“It’s a privilege to congratulate Amy, Anna and Jeannie on receiving this award,” said Terri Doney, managing broker of the KoenigRubloff Hinsdale office. “As true professionals, their dedication and commitment to their clients shine through everything they do.”

Recipients were announced in a special section in the October issue of Chicago magazine. Companywide, 42 KoenigRubloff agents received the award.


Five students who attend Hinsdale Middle School, Clarendon Hills Middle School and St. Isaac Jogues School received the Rotary Club of Hinsdale’s Youth Merit Award Oct. 25.

This award recognizes extraordinary high school and middle school students for services to their community and classmates, leadership qualities and academic achievements.

The following students earned the award this month:

Katelyn Stern, eighth grade, Clarendon Hills Middle School

Willem Marginean, eighth grade, CHMS

Anya Raman, eighth grade, Hinsdale Middle School

Shivum Banerjee, eighth grade, HMS

Madeline Gambla, eighth grade, St. Isaac Jogues School

The Rotary Club of Hinsdale honors students from area public and private schools at award ceremonies several times each school year.

The award winners attend a Rotary luncheon, 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 influential teacher.

“The Rotary Youth Merit Awards recognize and honor middle and high school students who are pace-setters among their peers, Rotary President James Norton said. “Their all-around excellence in academic performance, community service, the arts and athletics is amazing and inspiring to our club members and deserves recognition in the broader local community. We are proud to be able to acknowledge these promising young leaders.”


The Red Devil Service Club (formerly Key Club) held its third annual Day of Service Oct. 19.

More than 200 Hinsdale Central students teamed up with school staff, and Hinsdale High School District 86 employees and school board members to complete service projects at various locations throughout the community. Teams visited sites such as Feed My Starving Children, the Hinsdale Public Library, The Community House and the Hanson Center.


The Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Chapter of National Charity League has volunteered more than 4,500 hours in 2019 supporting 15 local philanthropies.

NCL is a national organization that fosters mother-daughter relationships through community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences. Its membership consists of 110 mothers and 140 daughters in seventh through 12th grade.

Applications for interested members are available online at and due in early January. Members are accepted as space is available and selected by lottery.


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