District 96 eighth-graders graduated on June 5 from and middle schools in ceremonies held at . Before her speeches to the graduates, Superintendent Julie Schmidt recognized four students who were selected by faculty and staff as having made the most of their middle school years. From Twin Groves, Jessica Phillipp and Adi Alkalay were honored; from Woodlawn, Kate Liebl and Allie Mueting were recognized.
Schmidt observed that Jessica Phillipp made the most of her days at Twin Groves, both in school and afterward. Jessica was a focused honors student whose interest in history led her to create a project for the History Fair–for which she earned State-level recognition. After school, she was on the run–literally–during cross country and track seasons and on the volleyball court. She also participated in the Spanish Honor Society and the Math Club and served others as a member of the Community Service Club and the Lean On Me Club.
Likewise, at Twin Groves Adi Alkalay was a standout. She was known for her positive attitude and willingness to help others. She was an honors student, a leader, and a strong contributor on the volleyball court. She demonstrated her commitment to learning through participation in the Spanish Honor Society and Math Club and her dedication to her school community as a member of the Student Council and the Kolt’s Council. Her willingness to help others was evident through her active involvement in the Lean On Me Club and as a peer tutor.
At Woodlawn, Kate Liebl distinguished herself as an outstanding student and performer with a broad range of talents. Her interest in music and theater led her to participate in spring musicals each of her middle school years, including, most recently, a lead role as Cinderella. Kate was an enthusiastic member of the Woodlawn Chorus, taking part in Illinois Grade School Music Association competition and earning the highest ranking possible as a sixth grader. She also contributed as an athlete, competing in track and basketball; this year, her basketball team claimed the Patriots Conference Championship.
Schmidt summed up Allie Mueting as a leader who balanced strong academics with musical and athletic involvement and community service. Allie was committed to learning, as evidenced by her consistent honor roll ranking, and committed to helping others. Her extracurricular activities included active participation in Student Council and in projects contributing to the comfort of homeless guests at PADS shelters. Also, she served as a new student mentor. She enjoyed performing onstage with the Woodlawn Chorus and in spring musicals each of her years at Woodlawn, capping her experience with a lead role last month as a stepsister in Cinderella.
In his remarks at the graduation ceremonies, Board of Education President Marc Tepper urged the eighth-graders to continue to make the most of their educational opportunities and to consider carefully the choices they will make as Stevenson students and as adults.