Two local students were presented scholarships at the April Awards and Recognition banquet.
Sarina Tajuddin’s essay, Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport, described the responsibility of citizens to use their voices, minds and actions to support our democracy. She cited being informed on the issues, voting, op
enly discussing your political ideas and views with others, and listening to theirs, paying taxes, testifying in court and obeying our laws as means to fulfilling our responsibilities as citizens. She participates in a broad array of activities at Nequa Valley High School and in the community: State Representative Kifowit’s Youth Advisory Council, interning at the Field Museum of Natural History and volunteering at Aga Khan U. Hospital in Karachi Pakistan, Speech Team Leader, Volunteer Resource Management, Girl Scouts, founder Rho Kappa Honor Society and Lt. Governor at 2018 Girls State. She has received many honors and awards and she carries a Cumulative Weighted GPA of 4.54.
Regan Macwan excels in Speech and in Math. He placed 3rd in the state in the Legion’s High School Oratorical contest in 2016 and 2nd in 2019. He will give the Memorial Day speech in Central Park following the parade through downtown Naperville. He is an Illinois State Scholar, received only one grade less than A in his high school career and has excelled in eight regional and state math competitions. He has volunteered at Feed My Starving Children for five years and at Calvary Church. Regan’s essay on the responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society explains that a democracy, which gives the people the right to govern themselves, is far different than most governments in history. And if that form of government is to enjoy continued success the people must remain engaged, electing good leaders, and holding them accountable for what they do, and don’t do. Finally, he points out how lucky we are to live in such a system.
Jim Vahle 630-864-7183