Students receive recognition at School District 205 meeting


ELMHURST – It was a night of accomplishments for students and faculty during the May 9 meeting of the Elmhurst School District 205 Board. Proclamations were read in recognition of students from School District 205 for their efforts in regional, state and national competitions.

Students of York Community High School were congratulated for taking top ranks during the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Leadership Conference on April 6-7 in Springfield. FCCLA is a nonprofit, national career and technical education student organization specializing in Family and Consumer Sciences, according to the proclamation.

Students earning top ranks include: Jade Giuffre, Jolene Gundrum and Christine Millins, who earned a silver in semi formal/formal apparel construction; Gabriella Purpora, earned a silver in casual wear apparel construction; Caitlyn Rambo, Megan Sly, Jenna Gallichio and Elena Vezmar, took the gold in children’s literature teams; Kevin Homan and Samantha Flesch won the silver in culinary arts, with Allison Stramel winning the bronze; Juliana Gecsey won the silver in the environmental ambassador event; Madison Miller took the silver in fashion construction; Isabel LoPiano won the silver in food production; Eleby Rohde and Iqra Shaikh both took the silver in interior design; Nina Fabrizius took the gold and Alexandria Grey took the silver in cookie pastry arts; Clarissa Gecsey won the silver in preschool lesson while Olivia Becker and Jamie Kilian won the gold the preschool lesson team category; and Ayanna Johnson and Lauren Noonan who won the gold, and Allison Evans and Katherine Strawbridge who won the silver in professional career image.

York High School students also received top ranks in the Distributive Education Clubs of America State Conference at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in March of 2017, according to the proclamation. DECA is an national organization specializing in marketing, management and entrepreneurship education.

Among the recipients were Matt Anderson and Jason Kentra, who finished fourth in the Financial Services Team Decision Making event. Burke Corcoran and Kevin Lipkin finished first in the event and were able to advance to the the DECA International Career Development Conference on April 27-30 in Anaheim, California, where they finished among the top 10 out of 280 competing students.

Winners of the SkillsUSA Illinois Championships in Springfield, were also given recognition among York High School students. The SkillsUSA Illinois Championship is a competition demonstrating skills in trade, technical and leadership fields, according to the proclamation.

Students Michael Falco took first place in collision repair technology; Joseph Gemini won first place in technical drafting, CAD; Jeremy Olson received first place in auto service technology; Matthew Shepard won second place in screen printing technology; and Dylan Kalchik took third place in the principles of engineering.

York students John Fetscher, Jason Kentra, Frank Luse and Flanagan Waldherr were recognized for taking second place in the Illinois Economics Challenge (ILEC) State Finals in DeKalb on April 7. The championship event tests students economic concepts and skills through single and team written tests, economic scenarios and “Quiz Bowl,” competition, according to the proclamation.

Jefferson Elementary second grade student Noveena Thakar was congratulated by the school board for being featured among top artists in the May 2017 Reflections PTA National Competition in literature with her entry, “How I Got My Favorite Color.” Reflections PTA is a national program in appreciation with arts and literature, sponsored by the National Parent Teacher Association, according to the proclamation.

Finally, among the staff of the school district, Linda Fehrenbacher, principal of Sandburg Middle School, and Jackie Sutor, instructional coach at Bryan Middle School, received The Shining Star Award for their positive impact on students and staff for District 205.