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Last updated 12/18/2019 at 7:10pm | View PDF


Twenty-two debutantes and 28 honor guard will be presented at the 56th annual Hinsdale Assembly Ball be Monday, Dec. 23, at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort.

The ball is the culmination of a busy year for these young women and men, who learned about the importance of philanthropy and community service through a variety of volunteer service experiences.

For 2019, the Hinsdale Assembly has committed to donate $100,000 to Hinsdale Hospital’s St. Thomas Hospice — a nonprofit organization devoted to serving patients and families through compassionate, supportive and holistic care at the final stage of life. This donation will support their kids’ bereavement camps.

The efforts of the Hinsdale Assembly directly benefit the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation. Since 1963, with the loyal support of parents, patrons and sponsors, the Hinsdale Assembly Board has contributed almost $3 million for special projects and the purchase of state of the art medical equipment.

2019 Debutantes: Talbot Margaret Carter, Grace Lawler DeAngelis, Rachel Elizabeth Distler, Jacqueline Audrey Dorsett, Allegra Maria Dugan, Hannah Grace Eichelman, Rachel Ann Fuechtman, Hannah Rose Fuechtman, Isabelle Mary Gaber, Anna Elizabeth Glowniak, Samantha Clare Guido, Sarah Francis Hamp-Adams, Kayleigh Ann Hester, Regan Mary Hultquist, Ryan Elizabeth Jones, Claire Arline Kern, Grace Ann Kisluk, Lauren Imju Lee, Sophie Elizabeth Opler,Caroline Carter Riefe, Skylar Marie Smith, Katherine Lee Usher

2019 Honor Guard: Zachary Wade Brewer, William Timothy Burress, Benjamin Warner Chiappe, Matthew James Daly, William David Duerr, Conor Jared Dunne, Cameron Eric Dunne, Jack William Gerami, Marcus William Gruvberger, Ryder Joseph Guido, William Madison Haarlow, Gerald Peter Hughes, Kevin Lawrence Jay, Donovan Payne Lahmann, Christopher James Lewis Jr., Trystan Trader Lundgren, Sean Michael McCleary, Brian Joseph McManus, Francis Peter Morrissey, Jr., Matthew Thomas Ostrowski, Matthew William Ritz, Brian Russell Schwab, Samuel Bodmer Stout, Nathaniel Joseph Sutton, Nicholas Michael Sutton, Joshua T. Terry, Dalton Joseph Walsh, Payton Jordan Ward


Members of the Citizen Club (Graham Singer, Zamaan Qureshi, Lily Hart, Megan Michaels, Mia Dhillon, Mason Giacchetti and Marc Maritz) from Hinsdale Central High School recently served brunch to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Winfield.

The club also presented the organization with a check for $500 to support the important work they do to help families that have sick children staying at Central DuPage Hospital.

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Hinsdale Central recently recognized 12 teens who were named student of the quarter by the school’s various departments based on their leadership, kindness and skills as role models.

They are Mia Dhillon (art), Tessa Howe (business), Grace Murray (English), Rachel Thompson (FACS), John Engels (math), Reid Bergquist (music), Michael Brescia (physical education), Gabriela Licwinko (science), Lauren Priest (social studies), Monet Gruft (technology education), Sam Eddins (world languages) and Zamaan Qureshi (school service leader).


Members of the Hinsdale Fil-am Church in Hinsdale braved the cold Nov. 27 to distribute Thanksgiving gift baskets to first responders at the Hinsdale police and fire departments.

The group, led by Pastor Glenn Aguirre and Pastor David Kokiong, also distributed gift baskets to the Hinsdale Public Library and Hinsdale Post Office. This gesture was done to express gratitude to these people for their unselfish service to the community.

The Hinsdale Fil-am Church has been distributing Thanksgiving gift baskets to these locations for the past two or three years.

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Gabrielle Roberts, 23, of Hinsdale has been named a Schwarzman Scholar.

Schwarzman Scholars, one of the world’s most prestigious graduate fellowships, located at Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing, announced its fifth class earlier this month. One hundred and forty-five scholars were selected from more than 4,700 applicants and include students from 41 countries and 108 universities.

Roberts is a 2019 graduate of the University of Southern California, where she studied film and television production and computer science. She founded the nonprofit Code Your Chances and runs coding camps for young girls internationally. At USC, she served on the executive board of Code the Change, a tech-consulting organization for nonprofits.

She studied machine learning through Oxford and Stanford University and is presenting her published ML research project at MIT’s 2019 IEEE conference. She has worked with Oscar-winning filmmakers, screened her films globally and currently works for Los Angeles startup, Brud.

“I am inspired by these remarkable, accomplished and dynamic young individuals who will be joining Schwarzman Scholars at a time when its mission is more important than ever. I am excited to see how they contribute to both the Schwarzman College and greater Tsinghua University communities, and ultimately how they will apply themselves as people of consequence in their generation,” said Stephen Schwarzman, founding trustee.

Other scholars include an NCAA Division I athlete, a five-time Carnegie Hall pianist and the CEO of a Syrian company that provides 3D-printed prosthetics to refugees.

The scholars pursue a master’s degree in global affairs and have the opportunity to take elective courses from a variety of disciplines. Scholars gain exceptional exposure to China and access to important relationships through internships, mentors, high-profile speakers and opportunities to travel.


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