Three seniors were recently honored by the Maine Township High School Dist. 207 Board of Education as “207’s Best.” For March honors, Ali Chaus, of Maine East; Justyne Go, of Maine West; and Mairead King, of Maine South, were recognized for elective achievement.
In his introductory letter, Maine East Principal Mike Pressler explained that Ali took advantage of the school’s rich elective offerings from several departments and, through that process, found and excelled at academic interests that have led to his acceptance into the Accounting Program at University of Illinois Business School, ranked third nationally by US News and World Report.
In addition to coursework, Ali has immersed himself in a wide range of extracurricular activities: He is a Student Council officer, an officer of Rotary Interact, a member of the R Code Advisory Panel and treasurer of the 200-member South Asian Club.
Pressler quoted Student Council Sponsor Natalie Bourn, who noted that Ali has led several major projects and said that, “He has demonstrated phenomenal management, cooperative and marketing skills.”
While he has not made a final decision of universities, Ali told the board he will study Business in college.
In her introductory letter, Maine West Principal Audrey Haugan wrote that “Justyne has established herself as one of the our finest students in the area of Graphic Design. She has excelled in her Career and Technical Education classes, and has emerged as a talented student who takes all of her classes quite seriously.”
Justyne has earned a 4.44 GPA and a perfect GPA in her CTE classes, including Computer Programming, Graphic Arts 1, Advanced Graphics, Marketing and Advanced Graphics Certification. Justyne has passed Adobe Certified Associate Tests in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign and is preparing to take the Expert Certificate in the spring, becoming the first Maine West student to reach that level. In addition, Justyne has participated on Tech Crew and Yearbook, along with in Scholastic Bowl and Rube Goldberg competition.
Justyne told the board she plans to study advanced graphic arts at either the University of Illinois or Rochester Institute of Technology.
At Maine South, Mairead King was honored for her exceptional work in foreign language education. In his introductory letter, Maine South Principal Ben Collins explained that Mairead was participating in a dance competition in Montreal when she noticed that everyone was speaking two languages interchangeably.
“She was currently doing well in Spanish,” Collins wrote, “and thought, ‘Why don’t I add another language.’” She currently is taking AP Spanish 5 and French 2 Accelerated. In addition to being involved in Spanish Club and French Club, she has run track and field and is active in Irish Club, Student Council and Key Club. She is an Evans Scholar.
Collins quoted French teacher Anna Serrano as saying Mairead “truly cares about acquiring the languages. She encompasses everything that I would want in the ideal foreign language student.” Mairead told the board she plans to study in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.
The “207’s Best’ program recognizes outstanding students monthly throughout the school year. Academic achievement awards are given in two months. Awards for community service, fine and performing arts, improved performance, elective area of achievement, technology leader/innovator and extracurricular achievement are given one month each. Teachers nominate students, and an executive committee makes final decisions. Honorees are then recognized by the board of education, which instituted the program.