Good news


The Hinsdale Central JV Scholastic Bowl A and B teams had a great showing at the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association Novice tournament. Both teams took first place in their respective divisions heading into the finals on Oct. 24.

Team A — Merwin D’Souza, Eric Brugge, Ben Newton, Jibran Haque and Liam Carden — went on to win the championship for its division. Team B — Akshay Undevia, Alexander Hillman, Jeffrey Liu, Alex Burt and Shahaan Shafi — finished in the top 10 in its division.

Koplin honored by university

Hinsdale resident Al Koplin was awarded Elmhurst University’s 2020 Founders Medal for his generous supporter of the university as a donor and as a member of its board of trustees for

almost 40 years.

His philanthropic gifts to the university have supported faculty endeavors, student scholarships and curriculum development. In 2015, he was awarded with an honorary degree. The Founders Medal is one of Elmhurst University’s most prestigious honors, celebrating individuals who have distinguished themselves through philanthropic and personal service to the university.

Koplin, president of Alfred N. Koplin, Inc., created the Hinsdale Management Corp., which manages more than 1 million square feet of property.

Juniors make holiday bright

The Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club once again participated in HCS Family Services’ Gifts of the Season, providing gifts to 200 individuals this year. The initiative was led by Katherine Dussman, Martha Gavin

and Tina Sundaram.


The Columbia Scholastic Press Association has named Solstice, Hinsdale Central’s art and literary magazine, a finalist for a Crown Award. This is the highest recognition the association gives to a student print or digital medium for overall excellence. Gold and Silver Crown winners are expected to be announced in March.

The magazine also earned several honors in conjunction with the association’s 2020 Gold Circle Awards.

• Akshay Undevia, first place for photography portfolio

• John Tischke, certificate of merit for design portfolio, certificate of merit for essay for “Mary”

• Skylar Penland, certificate of merit for alternative story form for “Path to Success”

• Design Team, certificates of merit for table of contents page, use of topography in a page/spread and multi-page presentation

The contest attracted than 5,750 yearbook and digital media entries submitted in 91 categories.


Hinsdale Humane Society received more than $12,500 on Giving Tuesday in November to provide medical care, support, training and enrichment for the animals in its care as well as important community programs.


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 Nov. 13. 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. The award winners address the Rotary club members about their activities and interests, and receive a certificate to commemorate the occasion. The honorees are welcome to invite their parents and an influential teacher.

They are

• Dru Devata, eighth grader, Clarendon Hills Middle School

• Katherine Koziel , eighth grader, Clarendon Hills Middle School

• Shreemann Patel, eighth grader, Hinsdale Middle School

• Tyler Thick, eighth grader, Hinsdale Middle School

• Sophia Rahman, senior, Hinsdale Central High School

“The Rotary Youth Merit Awards recognize and honor middle and high school students who are pace-setters among their peers,” Rotary club President Thomas Norton said. “We are proud to be able to acknowledge these promising young leaders.”