Lake Park High School District 108

Learning Together for Success

2016 Spirit of Excellence

Distinguished alumni, students, and staff were honored at the eighth annual Lake Park Spirit of Excellence Celebration Dinner on Thursday, April 14 at the Bloomingdale Golf Club in Bloomingdale. The Lake Park High School Educational Foundation established the award program to honor excellence at Lake Park High School.

Eighteen seniors were recognized for their service, extraordinary effort, achievement and leadership throughout their high school years. These students were selected because they possess qualities for other students to emulate and have achieved special accomplishments in addition to their academic success while at Lake Park.

The following seniors received the Lake Park Spirit of Excellence Award:
  • Ariana Aloisio
  • Kaela Beugnet
  • Maryam Butt
  • Sarah Cillick
  • Sofia Defino
  • Noel FioRito
  • Dany Hynes
  • Emily Joyce
  • Kaitlyn Keith
  • Lauren Kim
  • Piotr Lada
  • Danny Lamz
  • Samuel Little
  • Anne Mou
  • Lily Nickisch
  • Skye Palumbo
  • Matt Reilly
  • Johsua Solarz
Four staff members also received the Spirit of Excellence Awards. Aimee Allison, Tom Kaberna, Kelly Sheridan and Diane Stratton were nominated by colleagues and community members for demonstrating excellence at Lake Park and within the community, inspiring others to contribute to the school, providing a special service to enhance his/her department, and demonstrating care, concern and passion to students and colleagues.

The three Lake Park Distinguished Alumni who received this year’s Spirit of Excellence Award:
Susan Blair (Class of 1962): After graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in Journalism, Ms. Blair began her career as a Copy Chief at TIME magazine.  She eventually became Deputy Copy Chief and then Copy Chief for the magazine from 1979-2001.  In the more than 31 years that she worked for TIME, the two biggest stories of her career bracketed the last twelve months of her tenure: the disputed presidential election of 2000, undecided until a Supreme Court ruling five weeks after Election Day, and the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. In addition to her work for TIME, Ms. Blair served as a member of the editorial advisory board for the "Copyediting" newsletter, as a member of the executive committee of the American Copy Editors Society, as a member of the Board of Deacons for the First Presbyterian Church of Sag Harbor, New York, and as a board member for the DuVal Family Association. In addition to organizing the first revision of the TIME magazine style manual, she also wrote articles based on interviews with members of the New York Islanders professional hockey team that appeared in "Goal" magazine and a unit on editing for the TIME Educational Program.  

Dean Gronemeier (Class of 1981): After graduating from Lake Park, Dr. Gronemeier went on to receive his Bachelors from Northern Illinois University, his Masters in Music from The University of Arizona and his Doctor of Musical arts degree from the University of Arizona.  He has been a lecturer and Professor since 1989 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Dr. Gronemeier is an accomplished and published musician. His marimba solo Nature Alley was added to the marimba “Standard Literature” list in 1996, and has been performed by university students and professors in the U.S. and seven foreign counties.  In 2001, he graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nevada.  His practice specializes in criminal defense and traffic matters.

Dr. Tim Laurie (Class of 1991): After graduating for Lake Park, Dr. Laurie received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, his graduate degree from DePaul University and his medical degree from Midwestern University.  He is a board certified doctor is internal medicine and gastroenterology.  He has authored many studies in his field. Dr. Laurie is an active member of the community as he serves on the Board of Health for the city of Arlington Heights and is a volunteer gastroenterologist with the American Cancer Society.