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Forty-one Hinsdale Central students earned All-District selections for band, chorus, jazz band and orchestra from the Illinois Music Education Association.

Senior band — Dalia Ahdab, alto sax; Amy Chen, flute;

Ryan Chen, trumpet; Sam Chung, alto sax; Jordyn DeLeon; Bb clarinet, Imran Husain, flute; Sophia Lee, French horn; Arun Marion, oboe; Bridget McBride, flute; Ivy Qiu, tenor sax; Michael Shao, euphonium; Sairaj Shetye, Bb Clarinet; Vandana Sivakumar, bassoon; Nina Teoli, oboe; Joshua Yan, baritone sax

Senior chorus — Ann Ascher, soprano I; Evan Carlson, tenor II; Lily Gerami, alto I; Samantha Hutten, soprano II; Vanessa Ivanov, soprano I; Nicholas Kiperman, bass II; Elizabeth Larson, alto II; Naya Majauskas, soprano I; Tess McArdle, soprano II; Isaac Park, bass I; Arjun Shah, tenor I; Grace Stafford, alto II; Leo Usher, tenor II

Senior jazz band II — Luke Sutton, jazz trumpet

Senior jazz combo — Rian Mendi, jazz guitar

Senior orchestra — Dan Bieber, trombone; Athena Deng, violin; Sonali Marion, oboe; Pietro Pamfili, violin; Joy Shen, violin; Eric Tu, violin; Emily Wang, violin; April Wu, violin; Isabella Xu, cello; Leila Zou, violin

Music students are taught by Jennifer Burkemper, Serge Penksik, Matthew Goeke and Matthew Kurinsky.


Nathaniel Wasson of Hinsdale was elected las month to serve as chairman of the DuPage Foundation Board of Trustees to guide the foundation’s core work and strategic plan over the next few years. Wasson is the agency’s 12th chair since its inception in 1986.

Wasson, who has been a trustee since 2013, previously served as vice chair and secretary, and participated on several committees including benefit, board development, Bright & Early DuPage, executive and strategic planning.

“I am honored to be elected as chair of DuPage Foundation,” Wasson said. “Working together with other trustees, committee members and staff has been a very rewarding experience. We have the opportunity to truly impact our community, and I am proud to be part of this group of philanthropy-focused individuals dedicated to raising the quality of life in DuPage County.”

Wasson recently completed his MBA from Yale University and started a new role this summer as head of pre-institutional investment strategy at Silicon Valley Bank. He has spent more than 20 years in financial services advising families, employees and businesses. In 2017, Wasson was named senior vice president and investment counselor for Capital Group’s Chicago office.

“Nate has an unwavering passion for helping others, and it’s inspiring to see how his commitment to the foundation has grown since we first met,” said Dave McGowan, the foundation’s president and CEO. “He carries the same vision set forth by our founders and is an advocate for community giving. Nate approaches everything with a great sense of responsibility and I know he is going to have tremendous success leading the foundation into the next few years of our strategic plan.”

Wasson earned a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University, holds the Certified Financial Planner designation and is a member of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Wasson lives in Hinsdale with his wife, Sandra,

and two children.


More than 140 people attended the Hinsdale Community Preschool Fall Fest last month, raising more than $1,200.

Over fest was held outside of The Community House, with preschool staff volunteering their time and the Markham family and Kramer Foods donating refreshments Festivities included a treasure hunt, pumpkin decorating and the preparation of 50 personal care trick-or-treat bags to donate to the HCS Family Services Food Pantry.

Nicole Beutler, development chair, and her committee organized the event.

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