Good news


The following students from Hinsdale earned a place on the dean’s list for the fall semester of the 2022-23 school year.

University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign — Iman Ali, Rebecca Blake, Katerina Chess, Abigail Chute, Grace Cole, Naiyong Duan, Kayleigh Excell, Ravi Gitzlaff, Ethan Greenwald, Faaris Hanif, Hailey Herringshaw, Matthew Hester, Kayleigh Hester, Bahda Hoang, Michael Hu, Brandon James, Matthew Kramer, Veylan Kumar, Kaila Kuo, Virginia LoPresti, Ava Marginean, Abdullah Mubarik, Fatima Mubarik, Rayan Nehme, Emmanuelle Newlin, Abigail Nordstrom, Johnathan Ortegal, Claire Owens, Ava Pappas, Lindsay Peters, Thomas Posthuma, Olivia Randell, Abhinav Reddy, Will Rivera, Joan Sanders, Sairaj Shetye, Dmitriy Shvydkoy, Carter Smith, Stefan Sokolowski, Mitchell Stermer, Thomas Williams

Washington University in St. Louis — Harry Gao, Rehan Mehta, Vytautas Staniskis, Madhav Subramanian, John Tischke


McKenna Hayes earned her bachelor’s degree in consumer behavior and marketplace studies, graduating with distinction from the University of Wisconson-Madison in December.


The Hinsdale Central Mock Trial team finished sixth at the 2023 Illinois State Bar Association High School Mock Trial Invitational last month.

Meghna Mitra and Vivian Sweeney won awards for outstanding attorney and outstanding witness, respectively.

The team won the Donna E. Schechter Memorial Law Test Award for earning the highest score on the exam.


Five staff members from Hinsdale Central have been named Outstanding Activity Advisors by the Illinois Directors of Student Activities.

They are Maria Cotter, Lisa Hikes, Janelle Hoeksema, Cindy Casten and Alan McLoud.

This award celebrates individuals who have made an impact on their club or activity and exemplify what it means to be the ideal advisor. It also helps bring attention and awareness to the exemplary programs, activities and events that are provided in Illinois high schools.

All of the winners were recognized for their accomplishments during IDSA’s annual awards banquet April 13.


A full-scale kitchen remodel created by Normandy Remodeling (Hinsdale) designer Abby Osborn took home a Regional Contractor of the Year award in the Residential Kitchen $100,001 to $150,000 category from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Each year, NARI recognizes top renovation projects from seven regions around the country.

This award-winning Clarendon Hills kitchen started off with a closed-in, cramped floorplan and a small island that created a traffic flow bottleneck.

“The family of five wanted a kitchen large enough so they could bake together comfortably, but they were hesitant to expand the kitchen’s footprint,” Osborn said. “After considering their options, they decided to take down a wall to gain the space they desired and create the open concept they craved.”

The updated floorplan allowed for a large kitchen island which is easily accessible from all sides. The island serves as the new home for a microwave and warming drawer, plus a built-in mixer lift.

“Having an open mind about the design created so many possibilities for this kitchen remodel, including a second oven for baking. The family is beyond delighted with their choices and they now have a fully functional and gorgeous kitchen to create memorable meals together,” Osborn said.

This kitchen is Osborn’s second design award win, and one of four Normandy Remodeling projects to win a Regional Contractor of the Year award in 2023.