Good news


Hinsdale Central High School students Daniel Leung and Alyssa Lee, along with Fenwick High School’s Elizabeth Rogowski of Hinsdale, have each received $2,500 National Merit scholarships.

Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.


The Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 Board recognized teachers who are retiring at the end of this school year at its May 18 meeting.

Among the retirees are

Clarendon Hills Middle School — Carol Dronzek (PE, 21 years) and Jennifer Wilton (resource teacher, 34 years)

Hinsdale Middle School — Victoria Johnston (resource teacher, 15 years), Gregory Schram, (applied tech, 20 years), Linda Tetreault (MRC director, 16 years) and Donna Vorreyer (language arts, 30 years)

Elm School — Brenda Sanders (kindergarten, 36 years)

Madison School — Elizabeth Kunesh (reading specialist, 17 years), Joanne Trumbull (kindergarten, 19 years) and Jennifer Garnett (instructional assistant, 16 years)


Hinsdale Central High School juniors Audrey Giltner and David Bynan earned awards from the Illinois Association of Teachers of English in the organization’s annual writing contest.

Giltner took the top spot in the prose category for her piece titled “Make the Day Worth Something,” while Bynan received an honorable mention in the Prose Category for his piece titled “A Box Would Be Great.”


Hinsdale Central High School recognized its Students of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of the 2019-20 school year.

They are Louisa Brorson (art), Jessica Kratka (business), Sawyer Groszek (English), Maria Chibucos (FACS), Emma Schackart (mathematics), Ashley Murphy (music), Zamaan Qureshi (physical education), Amanda Shrader (science), Mariella Andrews (social studies), John Tischke (technology education), Abigail Antinossi (world languages) and Alexander Ovan (school service leader).


Alyson Chatterjee of Hinsdale was selected as a junior for membership in Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Michigan.

About 35 juniors at the university each year are invited to join the school’s chapter of the academic honor society, which was founded in 1776.

The induction and initiation ceremony, which was set for April 5, has been postponed due to COVID-19.


Several students from Hinsdale have been named to the dean’s list or equivalent at their respective college or university for the spring 2020 semester.

Lucia Battaglia, Belmont University

George Bull, University of Vermont

Aspasia Chrones, Belmont University

Claire DeWitt, Belmont University

Taylor Glenn, Bradley University

Grace Heimke, Belmont University

Joshua Kirkham, Bradley University

Andrea Kopp, Belmont University

Eric Miscimarrra, University of Utah

Olivia Morrissey, St. Mary’s College

Michael Moser, DePauw University

Mitchell Mulvihill, DePauw University

Mary Murphy, St. Mary’s College

Molly Murphy, St. Mary’s College

Maclain Neal, DePauw University

Lindsey Riker, University of Mississippi

Grace Risinger, Bucknell University

Emily Shabes, DePauw University

Mary Shryock, University of Mississippi

Anna Smagala, St. Mary’s college

Daniel Veselik, St. Norbert College

Amanda Witzel, Bradley University

The following students were named to the dean’s list at Colgate University for the fall 2019 semester in an April 20 announcement.

Anna Brown, dean’s award with distinction

Jonathon Cain

Daniel McKay

Garrett Oakey