Good news


Several students were accepted by audition to participate in the Illinois Music Education Association District 1 honor band, orchestra, chorus and jazz bands.

Hinsdale Central

Band — Alex Barbu, Sanuthi Edirisinghe, Austin Eldridge, Rohin Mendi, Atharva Naik, Vandana Sivakumar and Anna Wentling

Chorus — Tiana Ball, Hannah Brown, Patrick Doppke, Lauren Doppke, Alia Islam, Ritvi Khurana, Grace McGowan, Shayla Patel, Anya Raman, Kamran Razi, Arjun Shah, Albin Stromberg, Pheobe Teoli, Padmasri Thirunarayanan, Caroline Walsh and Julina Waters

Jazz bands — Sophia Antonelli, Manny Eden, Rian Mendi, Logan DeLeon, Jenna D’Souza and Patrick Piller

Orchestra and orchestra wind — Claire Chung, Sam Malapati, Sonali Marion, Pietro Pamfili, Shreemann Patel, Eric Tu, April Wu, Abigail Young, Aaron Zapol and Leila Zou

Vocal jazz — Alia Islan

Clarendon Hills

Middle School

Concert band — Mihir Gupta and Larissa Toro

Chorus — Audrey Bailey, Jordan Baker, Grace Hanna, Veronica Mool, Carina Shah, Madison Shum, Stella Simpson, Natalie Sullivan, Charlie Tomfohrde, Elsa Voight, Anjana Yalamanchi, Mila Yaremych, Coco Zahn and Kelly Zang

Orchestra — Isabella Feng, Nayan Rao, and Henry Xu

Jazz band — Audrey Bailey, Jayden Bhattacharyya, Sachin Bhattacharyya, Ben Cooper, James Koziel, Jack Ordway, Augest Richardson, Linus Szymanski and Evan Woods

Hinsdale Middle School

Concert band — Sam Han and Sara Held

Jazz band — Sara Held and AnnaBelle Lan


Hinsdale Central senior and drum major Deona Julary is one of two high school students who have been chosen to lead the Macy’s Great American Marching Band in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 23 in New York City.

Each year, Macy’s asks the Smith Walbridge Clinics to select drum majors for its feature band in the parade. Julary, who is a regular attendee of Smith Walbridge’s summer drum major camp, was picked for this opportunity based on her performance, work ethic, interaction and other qualities.


More than 500 guests attended the annual Radiance Ball Oct. 21 at the Geraghty Chicago to benefit Wellness House of Hinsdale.

“We set an aggressive target at $800,000 and, due to the generosity of sponsors and attendees, we surpassed our goal,” said Deb Kwiatt, marketing communications manager. “At the same time, our mission and work has never been more important. As the population of cancer survivors grow, so does the demand for our programs. This event helps us ensure we can continue to grow and serve more people, when and where it’s needed most.”

Co-chairs Meaghan Daly and Briana Murray kicked off the evening and shared their personal connection to the nonprofit’s mission. Dinner was followed by an action-packed live auction and paddle raise, along with a touching video that told the story of how a breast cancer survivor, her husband and her daughter found strength and hope through individual and family counseling at Wellness House. The evening was capped off with a lively performance by local band favorite Déjà Vu.

“People facing cancer find a community of support and healing at Wellness House every day. Thanks to generous donors like those who attended The Radiance Ball, there is never a cost for our programs. All of us at Wellness House are grateful for their generosity,” said Lisa Kolavennu, chief executive officer.

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Weston Marcus of Hinsdale earned a master’s degree in health sciences with high honors distinction from the University of Oklahoma. He has accepted a position in the emergency room at Methodist Hospital Dallas.