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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 exemplary work of our students, a recipient from each school is awarded a $2,500 scholarship.  Congratulations to these D230 Foundation Administrative Scholarship Winners.

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Rosella Irfan - Sandburg High School 2023

Widely known as possibly the best student tutor to ever walk the halls of Sandburg High School, Rosella has accepted her admission to Harvard University, where she plans to study Engineering and Math. Noting that some students lacked fundamental and prerequisite math skills, Rosella spent weeks pinpointing deficiencies and collaborating with the head of the Math Department to implement a math mentor program. Her goal is to research socioeconomic effects on student’s math education and give back to the very school and community that has built her character. While not tutoring her fellow Eagles, Rosella served as captain of Debate, DECA and Fem-Power. She is also an officer of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. In addition, she is a Member of ACES, the Superintendent’s Advisory Board, Student Council and the Med Club HOSA.

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Katerina Alikakos - Stagg High School 2023

Interested in environmental engineering, Katerina Alikakos one day hopes to assist in improving the state of our environment. As a Charger, Katerina held numerous leadership positions. She is the Senior Class Board President and a four-year member of marching band, serving as section leader her junior and senior years. She is also an active member of Drama Club, holding officer positions each year, including crew leader her junior and senior years. In addition, she is a member of Key Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. As Senior Class Board President, her goal is to ensure everyone's voice is heard and to use those opinions when decisions are voted upon. She credits Student Council’s leadership positions and learning how to balance responsibilities, the importance of helping others and how to collaborate, saying she would not be who she is today without those lessons learned.

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Charlize Alonzo - Andrew High School 2023

Charlize is an exemplary student, both in her academics and co-curricular participation. She is a member of Student Council, Debate Team and Relay for Life. She serves as Pep Club Secretary (also known as T-Bolt Storm), President of Project Diversity, and Model UN Historian. She plays  badminton and tennis and is a member of VALT - the Varsity Athletic Leadership Team. If that wasn’t enough, she is a member of Girls in STEM, Scholastic Bowl, and Hangout. Charlize is also a member of the National Honors Society, Spanish National Honors Society, Unified Track and Soccer Special Olympics Partner, a SMASH Ambassador, and is a Senior Leader. Outside VJA, Charlize works as an Inclusion Aide for the Township of Orland Hills and a Dental Assistant. She also volunteers in the community and has accrued 146.75 hours of community service. 

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