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Agency Picks up foundation grant

The Hinsdale-based Green Halo Scholars organization received a grant of $7,000 last month from the Palumbo Foundation to fund professional college essay writing support and professional college counseling for under-resourced high school seniors.

Green Halo Scholars is a nonprofit formed two years ago to help students in need at several western suburban high school navigate the college application and selection process.


More than 200 Hinsdale Central students were recognized on the world language national examinations administered during the 2019-20 school year.

Central students earned 47 gold medals, 48 silver medals, 55 bronze medals and 65 honorable mentions for the scores they received on the Spanish, German and Latin national exams they took last year.

Latin students Madeline Czerwiec and Kayleigh Excell earned the Maureen O’Donnell Oxford Classical Dictionary Award, which is given to students who win four gold medals. Latin student Nadir Muzzafar earned a Perfect Paper.

The following students placed in the 95th percentile or above:

Spanish II — Arjun Saini, Shahaan, Shafi, Anika Singh, Jaden Schmit and Edwin Weyer

Spanish III — Alexander Hadesman, Catherine Huber, Saanvi Sethi, Shiven Shah, Emily Wang, Morgan Carlson, Priya Dhananjaya, Shriya Mehta, Priyanka Patel and Prachi Shah

Spanish IV — Shivani Rao, Jossie Ramirez, Yahya Junejo, Jui Khankari and Maria Rivera

The following students earned a gold medal:

German II — Vasilia Kuzmanova and Nathan Lee

German III — Linda Li, Rahul Ravisundar and Tobias Jackson

Latin I — Marley Arquines, Alexander Hillman and Michael Sahs

Latin II — Maddison Bell, Nadir Muzzafar and Anna Pellegrino

Latin III — Stella Dang, Jack Doppke and Raina Jain Latin IV — Haohao Chen, Madeline Czerwiec and Kayleigh Excell

Central’s world language teachers are Amanda Ketterhagen, Sally Belter, Julie Motluck, Kristine Pohlman, Tanya Walery, Deborah Trujillo, Johanna Jurgens and Alisha McCloud.