Good news


These college students from Hinsdale were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2022 semester at their respective colleges and universities.

• Caroline Bourjaily, John Carroll University

• Jared Callaway, Columbia College

• Samuel Cutinelli, College of Charleston*

• Lucy Fischer, Kansas State University

• Matthew Giacchetti, Emerson College

• Regan Hultquist, University of Notre Dame

• Taylor Hultquist, Villanova University

• Susannah Melkus, DePauw University

• Olivia Ostrowski, William & Mary

• Lia Reichmann, Drake University

• Kathleen Ryndak, Elmhurst University

• Caroline Viravec, Wake Forest University

• Patricia Weeks, Elmhurst University

* president’s list, 3.8 GPA or higher

Central Students RECOGNIZEd

Hinsdale Central recently recognized 12 individuals who were named Student of the Quarter by the school’s various departments based on their leadership, kindness and skills as role models.

Those who received the recognition are:

• Nils Perry, art

• Jack Erickson, business

• Mallory Giacchetti, English

• Nina Marino, FACS

• Ryan Seppanen, math

• Dalia Ahdab, music

• Mehlum Anjarwala, physical education/health/driver education

• Eunseo Lee, science

• Alexandra Knoch, social studies

• Sharon Chen, technology education

• Shreeman Patel, world languages

• Angie Burchinal-Imai, Red Devil character


Mai-Jeanna Sakho from Hinsdale Central is among the 1,755 high school seniors from across the country who have been awarded a full scholarship for college through the QuestBridge National College Match program.

This program “connects high-achieving high school seniors from low-income backgrounds with full four-year scholarships to 48 of the nation’s best colleges.”

Sakho plans to attend the University of Notre Dame.


Julie May, chair of the science department at Hinsdale Central, has been nominated for the Northwestern University Morton Schapiro Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award. Her nomination was submitted by Eleanor Pope, a Central alum and senior at Northwestern who identified May as someone who has had “a transforming impact on the lives of students.”

A committee made up of Northwestern faculty, staff and students will review all of the nominations and select the five individuals who will be presented to the university president for recognition. Those five will be honored during the commencement festivities in June. In addition, they and their schools each will receive a $5,000 award.

Grad STUDENT EARNs master’s

Mira Shekaran of Hinsdale received a master’s degree in clinical exercise physiology in a December 2022 commencement ceremony at University of Wisconsin-River Falls.


Kathleen Ryndak of Hinsdale, a student at Elmhurst University, recently was initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

Ryndak is among some 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.