Through the Foundation, the administrators of District 230 formally recognize one senior at each campus who:

  • Approaches academics with an open mind and rises to the challenge of the highest standards of excellence.

  • Represents the very best that their school has to offer through co-curricular involvement and achievement.

  • Demonstrates leadership in representing their fellow students, their school, and their community. 

In appreciation for the work of our students, a recipient from each school is awarded a $2,500 scholarship.  


Na'Kya Mason - Sandburg High School

Na’Kya Mason has excelled in basketball, track and field, iFest, SuperFanz, Superintendents and Principals Advisory, and Black Student Union.   


In Superintendent’s Advisory, she shares her ideas openly and encourages others to actively participate in robust discussion which guides the district’s work including the challenges of teaching and learning during a pandemic. 


As a founder of Sandburg’s Black Student Union, Na’kya has demonstrated a willingness to take risks in presenting administration valuable information and insight about the student experience. She has displayed trust in administration and thoughtfully and honestly shared the impact that race has had on her experience. Through founding of the Black Student Union she has left a legacy that will positively impact the Sandburg experience for future generations of Eagles. 


Na’Kya will pursue a degree in Criminal Justice at Tennessee State University with her sights set on a law degree.


Tasneem Hamed - Stagg High School

Tasneem Hamed does not simply engage in school activities, she leads them and thrives. Tasneem serves as the Class of 2021 President; is a member of the Track Team; is involved with Relay for Life, I Am Here Club, and Club Med/HOSA; and serves on the Superintendent’s and Principal’s Advisory.


She presented at the school’s Say Something Summit for more than 100 students in the area, and was selected to present to schools from nearly every state at the National Sandy Hook Promise Summit. She shared ways to make the Say Something message and student advocacy for safety part of their entire community. 


Tasneem will continue to be an advocate for others as she pursues a degree in social work. She is considering several local options for college including St. Xavier University, Moraine Valley College, or Governor’s State University.


Laurel Miskovic - Andrew High School

Laurel Miskovic has explored a number of experiences related to her future plans of attending medical school including attending Cadaver Camp at Northern Illinois University and serving as President and Vice President of Latin Club. 


Laurel has taken pride in assisting others as a PEOPEL Tutor and Center Tutor. She earned the Cook County Sheriff’s Award for volunteering more than 500 hours in a year.


It is on the stage where Laurel shines most. She played Mrs. Peacock in the school’s production of Clue: Onstage. Through acting she has imagined a better world and believes she can help create that world for children as a doctor. She hopes to trade the performing arts theater for the operating theater as a pediatric surgeon. She hopes to feel that adrenaline surging, palm perspiring moment of stepping out onto the stage for the first time once again at her white coat ceremony upon entering medical school.