Three seniors were recently honored by the Maine Township High School District 207 Board of Education as “207’s Best” for excellence in an elective course area. Jennifer Beck from Maine South, Suzan Georges from Maine East and Dhruvi Patel from Maine West were all recognized by the Board of Education on Monday, March 4.
In her nomination letter, it shares that Jennifer is one of the greatest student leaders in Maine South history. She is a polyglot having studied French all the way to AP, and she also studies Italian. Her academic resume includes AP French, AP European History, AP Language and Composition, AP Economics, AP US History, and AP Literature and Composition. During Jen’s junior year, the tragedy in Parkland, Florida took place and she decided that we needed to do something. Jen presented an idea to the administration and brought other fellow students into a planning session to work on a memorial service for the students and teachers who died that day. Over 1,200 of her colleagues joined her in a memorial ceremony where poetry, reflections, and speeches were heard to honor those who lost their life in that terrible event. She is an editor for Southwords, the current Senior class president, a member of the Thespian society and drama club (where she was a stage manager and assistant technical director), and covered the referendum and provided feedback on the design process through her student lens. She has earned the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association Blue Ribbon for photography and for writing, has been a Hawk Pride student of the quarter and has received honors in the World Language department as a polyglot. Read her nomination letter.
Suzan has been consistently enrolled in accelerated and Advanced Placement classes since entering Maine East as a freshman. Her AP elective courses have focused on Television & Radio Broadcasting (four years), Drama (3 years) and French language (all four years accelerated level), and her Advanced Placement classes have consisted of AP Calculus BC, AP US/Comparative Government & Politics, AP Environmental Science, AP US History (earning Honors of Academic Achievement), AP English Language & Composition, AP Physics 1, and AP European History. Her academic accomplishments include membership in the National Honors Society (member 2017-2019), inclusion on the High Honor Roll every semester since starting at East, and an IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award in 2018. Suzan is also a talented soccer player where she has been team captain and recognized as All-Conference by the CSL in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Additionally, she has been an active member in the Comics, Cartooning, and Animation Club. While all of these achievements are commendable, it is specifically for her achievement in TV and Radio Broadcasting that she was recognized. She has received multiple awards and recognition from the Midwestern Media Educators’ Association (MMEA): Gold Award Midwestern Media Educators Association High School Video Festival 2017, Finalist in Division AA for Documentary Midwest Media Educators Association Film Festival, Second Place in the MMEA Seven Day Film Challenge 2018, and she was a nominee for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Here at Maine East, Suzan also serves as the co-station manager for WMTH-TV, and she regularly appears live on the air for WMTH-FM. She is the go-to news anchor for our live broadcast news programs. Her voice is known throughout our school as the voice of the daily public address announcements. Read her nomination letter.
In her nomination letter, it shares that Dhruvi has used Career and Technical Education electives (CTE) throughout her high school experience to explore career options. This is the true mission of electives in District 207 so that, through exploring, students can find out what fits and what doesn’t feel exactly right. Dhruvi did just that. She readily admits there were moments where she felt a little unsettled or anxious, but she used it to drive herself forward rather than hold herself back. Influenced by her sister’s decision to study physical therapy, Dhruvi was drawn to the idea of medicine early in her high school career. In particular, she thought she might like to be a pediatrician. This goal drew her to electives like Child Development and School Age Child. Dhruvi was very successful in these classes; however, she just didn’t feel it was her passion. She then tried business class and while still performing well, she realized that it wasn’t for her. Then, as a junior, she wanted to intern with a local architecture firm but her lack of experience with CAD kept her from that opportunity. So she taught herself the basics of CAD and interned with another firm and now plans to student architecture or engineering in college. Aside from her academic success, Dhruvi is one of the most involved students at Maine West High School. In the midst of her incredibly challenging schedule, she finds time to serve as a Coach Tutor, volunteer with the Key Club, serve on Student Council, lead the Indian Student Association, serve on the Executive Board as treasurer of NHS, and participate in SALT, Spanish NHS, Warrior Pride, Mu Alpha Theta, and Pi Sigma Pi. She is currently taking AP Art History, AP English, AP Calculus BC, AP Physics C and is a PE Senior Leader. Read her nomination letter.