Good news


Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club raised more than $364,000 during the 2021-2022 club year. The record breaking total was distributed to 24 nonprofits through HJWC’s philanthropic giving process. The club’s 250 members also participated in 18 service projects to further support local organizations.

The club funds tangible items for deserving Chicagoland nonprofit organizations. During the 2021-2022 grant application period, more than 50 organizations submitted more than $1.2 million in grant requests.

“HJWC has worked tirelessly over the last year to raise money to fund our nonprofit grants,” said Michelle Riley, club president. “We have seen that the needs of nonprofits in our community continue to be large as they navigate new ways of serving their clients, and are thrilled that we’ve been able to fund 24 diverse grants.”

Organizations that received grants are Sharing Connections Inc., WINGS Program Inc., DuPage Pads, Helping Hand, Refugee One, Harmony Hope and Healing, People’s Music, Amita, Giant Steps, Child’s Voice, GiGi’s Playhouse, Aspire, Un Nuevo Despertar — A New Awakening, Communities In Schools of Chicago, Mercy Home, A Silver Lining, IMD Guest House, New Moms, By The Hand, Share Our Spare, Bear Necessities, Home to Home, Northeast DuPage Family and Youth Service and Hope’s Front Door.

Nonprofit organizations have the opportunity to apply for grants up to $50,000 in value each September. Organizations must provide three bids, participate in a site check and make a presentation to HJWC’s membership. Once the vetting process is complete, HJWC members vote on where to direct the funds that are raised through the benefit and other fundraising activities.

The main fundraising source for grants was the “GIVEchella” benefit held April 9 at Theater on the Lake in Chicago.


Several college students from Hinsdale have earned a spot on the dean’s list or the equivalent for the second semester of the 2021-22 school year at their respective colleges and universities.

• Chase Ackerson, College of the Holy Cross

• Cary Bone, Wheaton College

• Peter Didicher, Missouri Military Academy

• Gabriella Dull, University of Utah

• Richard Excell, Lewis University

• Katie Hughes, University of Georgia*

• Paul Khong, Lewis University

• Sara Klein, Lewis University

• Christopher Koldras, Lewis University

• Benjamin Simon, University of Utah

• Thomas Willemse, Fairfield University

* 4.0/Presidential Scholar

Hinsdale natives earn degrees

These students from Hinsdale earned a degree at the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year at their respective colleges and universities.

• Connor Bauer, bachelor’s in marketing, Miami University

• Gabriella Dull, bachelor’s in nursing, University of Utah

• Jack Garvey, bachlor’s in political science with honors, Miami University

• Anna Hughes, bachelor’s in broadcast journalism, summa cu laude, University of Georgia

• Peter Madden, University of Tampa

• Nicholas Speziale, bachelor’s in cinema and photography, Ithaca College

• Thomas Willemse, Fairfield University


The Hinsdale Central math team finished its season with an eighth place finish at state in Division 4AA.

Hinsdale Central

Pre-calculus team, sixth place — Grant Zhang (14th out of all competitors), Jiming Chen, Alex Jiang, Max Lai, Rishabh Ranganathan, Jackson Brown, Dmitriy Shvydkoy and Saint Luan

Calculator team, sixth place — Grant Zhang, Wilbert Chu, Richard Chen, Aiste Austrevicius and Alex Gallagher

Oralist team, eighth place — Sebastian Attlan and Alex Yang

Algebra 1 team, ninth place — Yash Gupta (first out of all competitors), Chen, Anaya Muzaffar, Noor Pirzada, James Philipneri, Aurora Allen, Kendall Florence, Maya Gin, Shreyas Girotra, Aayan Ilyas, Nathaniel Lin, Akshay Naik, Yanlang Shao, Jacob Trung, Layla Xiao, Kevin Xue and Rachel Zuo

Algebra 2 team, ninth place — Attlan (first out of all competitors), Yang, Kevin Zhang, Arjun Saini, Ediz Canigur, Aiste Austrevicius, Gallagher, Daniel Lee, Siddarth Malapati, Alexander Hadesman and Ramez Rifai

Junior/senior eight-person team, 10th place — Chen, Attlan, Jiang, Yang, Kevin Zhang, Shvydkoy, Lee and Canigur

Geometry team, 11th place — Wilbert Chu (first out of all competitors), Anjali Jejurikar, Godlyn D’Souza, Amy Chen, Adele Groom, Levi Lillioja Adam Konopka, Zhili Hou and Aarav Mittal

Fresh/soph eight-person team, 12th place — Anjali Jejurikar, Adele Groom, Chen, Yash Gupta, Allen, Xiao, Naik and Godlyn D’Souza