Good news


Several Hinsdale Central students won awards during the recent Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s state competition.

• Toral Bhatt, gold, apparel construction casual category

• Chloe Chang, gold and most outstanding, child care provider category

• Zuzanna Sokolowski, gold, apparel construction semi-formal category

Faculty sponsors are Dawn Oler and Elizabeth Meersman.


Nine students from Hinsdale Central’s Model U.N. team earned the Diplomacy Award during the annual Northwestern University Model United Nations Conference.

They are Rianna Amin, Aidan ElDifrawi, Safa Fathima, Imran Husain, Naina Kapur, Andrew Kassab, Emily Malorny, Zahrah Qureshi and Shahaan Safi.

The Diplomacy Award is given to delegates who “promote collaboration, teamwork, positive change, collective impact, and the spirit of the Model United Nations and international diplomacy.”

Presidential Scholar named

Jui Khankari, a senior at Hinsdale Central High School, is one of five students who has been named a Presidential Scholar by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.

The 58th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars includes 161 high school seniors from across the country who excelled in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

Of the 3.7 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,000 candidates qualified for the 2022 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or through nominations made by chief state school officers, other partner recognition organizations and YoungArts, the National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists.


Hinsdale Central High School seniors Amy Dong and Isabella Terry have each received a National Merit $2,500 scholarship.

They are among 2,500 Merit Scholar designees chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by the students and their high schools: the academic record (including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned) scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), contributions and leadership in school and community activities, an essay written by the student and a recommendation written by a high school official.


The Elmhurst Center for Performing Arts has named Mark Hale to its board of directors.

Hale is an executive vice president with Wintrust at Hinsdale Bank. He is a long-time supporter of the performing arts and hopes to make a meaningful contribution to the efforts of ECPA. Mark lives in Hinsdale with his wife and two children.