Best & Brightest

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- Loan Rameez of Des Plaines graduated Aug. 2 with a Bachelor of Science in general business administration from University of Wisconsin-Stout.

- Christina Baske, Amy Bloom, Caron Bricks, Alicia Brzezinski, Corin Ikoma, Kate Nelson and Jackie Wijas, members of Troop 1683 at Orchard Place School, are the first recipients of the new Junior Girl Scout Bronze Award from Girl Scout Service Unit 634.

Given by Girl Scouts-Illinois Crossroads Council in Des Plaines, the award requires 15 hours of a community service project and the completion of four Junior Girl Scout badges that are associated with the project. The theme of their project was "Feed Des Plaines" and it took several months to complete. The girls planned and carried out a food drive of the Orchard Place neighborhood, collected and brought all items to the Food Pantry in Des Plaines. They also spent several days working at the pantry to better understand their theme.

- Joseph Phillip Rizzo, son of Susan and Leo Rizzo of Elk Grove Village, recently received an Enterprise Rent-A-Car Scholarship to study at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. A 2002 graduate of Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Rizzo is enrolled in the university's Olin School of Business and plans to pursue his interests in both business and engineering.

Rizzo graduated first in his high school class of 628. A member of the National Honor Society, He served on its executive board his senior year. Through NHS, he worked as a liaison with the YMCA for the Teen Reach program that provides after-school activities for junior high school students. In addition, he worked as a peer mediator for two years, helping other students resolve conflicts. He participated in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competition. In addition, Rizzo was chosen as one of 26 students in Illinois for the All-State Academic Team.

Rizzo also excelled in football, basketball and track during all four years of high school. He was captain of all three teams his senior year and received numerous awards for his athletic achievements, including the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Team, Basketball All-Conference Team, and All-State in the 4x400. The National Football Foundation recognized him as an Outstanding Scholar Athlete.

Rizzo, who has joined Washington University's football team, worked as a football camp counselor for two years at a camp for K-8 students.

Rizzo's scholarship was made possible by Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company, which pledged $25 million to Washington University in October 2001 to endow scholarships for talented African-American students and for students who require financial assistance.

- Timothy P. Harte, a graduate of Conant High School, was awarded a bachelor's degree in computer science from Dominican University at the Spring 2002 commencement. Harte was a member of the varsity soccer and golf teams and the Honors program.

- Daniel J. Harte, a graduate of Conant High School, was named to the dean's list for the Spring semester at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston for earning a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Harte is a junior majoring in education and foreign language.

-Rachel L Stevens of Elk Grove Village and Maureen Eller of Park Ridge were named to Aurora University's spring-term Ivy Leaf (regular dean's list) for achieving a 3.60 to 3.99 term GPA.

- Sharon L. Marquez of Elk Grove graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, after the 2002 summer session. She was awarded a bachelor's degree in political science from the College of Arts and Sciences.

- Jill Caronia of Park Ridge and Brittany Lawson of Des Plaines, both seniors at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, were among 13 students who qualified for the National AP Scholar Award. To be named a National AP Scholar, students must earn an average grade of at least 4. …