Good news

Students place first and second

Hinsdale Central junior Victor Ferrell and sophomore Patrick Redding took the top two spots in a competition organized by Sports Career Consulting LLC, which tasked students with the development of a point of purchase display representing a consumer goods brand tied to Super Bowl LVI.

Victor took first place for his “Lego Stadium” display, and Patrick tied for second with his “Gatorade Shower” concept.

Their success in the competition, which drew nearly 100 entries, was aided by the work they have done in Karen Russo’s sports marketing class. Students who take the class are introduced to the field of sports marketing and its role in society. They develop an understanding of the marketing concepts and theories that apply to sports and sporting events. They also plan, create and assess sports marketing communication programs that include advertising, marketing, public relations and news media.


Hinsdale resident Ernie Mrozek was named to the DuPage Foundation Strategic Planning Committee

Mrozek retired in 2008 from The ServiceMaster Co., where he worked in a variety of senior-level roles including vice chairman, president, chief financial officer and chief operating officer. During his professional career, he has served as a board member for several public and private corporate organizations, including G&K Services, IDEX Corp., Advanced Disposal Services Inc., and Source Refrigeration & HVAC Inc. Mrozek was on the board of the United States Chamber of Commerce and was chairman of St. Rita High School, where he continues to serve as a board member.

A longtime volunteer for DuPage Foundation, he served on the board of trustees from 2009-20 and was chair of the strategic planning committee from 2017-21. Mrozek holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


The following Hinsdale Central students finished in the top three in their individual events at the recent regional competition for the Illinois Design Educators Association.

Intro CAD — Brynn Bauer, first

3D Modeling — Rohan Shah, first; Connor Schwarz, second;

Jay Pothuganti, third

Machine CAD — Gavin Rose, first; Jacob Haverkos, second; Benjamin Walsh, third place

Assembly Modeling — Zahrah Qureshi, first; Dan Bieber, second

2D Arch — Emmelia Anderson, first place; Elizabeth Singer, second

Teachers Matt Gawlik and Jon Schmidt sponsor the team.