Good news


Hinsdale Central High School ranked No. 10 for the state in the U.S. News and World Report list of 2021 Best High Schools released Tuesday.

Central has a 96 percent graduation rate, with a college readiness score of 64.5 percent (based on AP exams taken and passed). Central is ranked No. 252 in the nation.

Hinsdale South is ranked No. 82 in the state and No. 1,939 in the nation.

The report ranks more than 24,000 public high school throughout the country, measuring how well schools serve students from various social and economic backgrounds. In Illinois, 647 schools made the list.


Amita Health Adventist Medical Center in Hinsdale is one of eight Amita hospitals that have been awarded an “A” grade for spring 2021 from The Leapfrog Group, the top safety grade awarded for performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, infections and other patient harm.

These hospitals were among 907 hospitals nationwide to earn the top score this reporting period.

“This period of rating was particularly challenging, given the difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Stuart Marcus, AMITA Health executive vice president and chief clinical officer. “That our facilities were able to maintain the highest levels of safety throughout this trying time is a testament to the strength and dedication of our physicians, nurses and associates.”

TCD AWARDS ‘A*Team’ students

The Technology Center of DuPage recently awarded the A*Team certificate to students from Hinsdale Central who received an “A” for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year. This certificate recognizes outstanding achievement in the programs offered by TCD.

Recipients are

• Hailey Ashby, cosmetology

• Lucas Bartasius, HVAC and refrigeration/residential wiring

• Ryan Katsis, auto body repair and refinishing

• Hallie Letizia, professional cooking, baking and service

• Paule Medziute, nursing assistant training program

• Filip Milanovic, computer information systems and game design

• Owen Ricker, welding technology


Hinsdale Central’s Julie Baker and Pat Richards have been named Outstanding Activity Sponsors by the Illinois Directors of Student Activities.

Baker, who is the faculty sponsor for Women in Engineering, and Richards, who is the faculty sponsor for (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and the DAWGS Military Support Group, received this award in recognition of the impact they have made on their club or activity and because they exemplify what it means to be the “ideal advisor.”


Two Hinsdale students who attend Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park have been recognized as 2021 Illinois State Scholars.

They are Isabelle Cameron and Dorothy McCarthy.

The prestigious award is given annually by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top 10 percent of high school seniors in the state. Illinois State Scholars are chosen based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth semester class rank.


The Hinsdale Public Library received the following donations from patrons.

Kimberly Ochsenschlager donated $150 in celebration of the outstanding and kind service that staff, the executive director and the board provided in 2020, a most unusual year.

Denise Wong and Elizabeth Kim donated $100 in celebration of the library’s great service to the Hinsdale community during this challenging year.

And Alice Linn donated $25 in honor of Dr. Elyse Schneiderman.


Three staff members from Hinsdale Central have earned tenure. They are Ryan Maita, assistant principal; Jake McClintock, special education; and Brigid Walsh, science.