Rep. Lipinski Congratulates 2016 "All-American Boy and Girl" Winners

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) held his annual “All-American Boy and Girl” Award Ceremony for 7th and 8th grade students last night at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills.  One hundred finalists were selected from over one thousand applicants to appear before a panel of judges for a formal interview.  Following the interviews, 14 winners were selected, three girls and four boys (tie for third place) from each grade.

“We had another amazing group of young men and women from across the district to choose from this year,” Rep. Lipinski stated.  “I want to congratulate all of our winners as well as their families, friends, teachers, coaches, clergy, and others who have helped them along the way.  The finalists are all well-rounded individuals, working hard in and out of the classroom, and making a difference in their communities.  With the growing challenges facing our region, nation, and world, I urge them to continue applying themselves in school and contributing to their communities.  They are our future leaders.”

The top students in each grade are:

• Seventh Grade Girls:  Rose Marienne Go, A. Vito Martinez School (1); Maeve Geraghty, St. Cajetan School (2); Isabella Gonzalez, Our Lady of the Snows School (3)

• Seventh Grade Boys:  Luke James Hogan, St. John of the Cross School (1); Seamus Kelly, St. Cajetan School (2); Jamil Allan, Universal School (3); Cody Butenhoff, A.Vito Martinez School (3)

• Eighth Grade Girls:  Brigid Barkmeier, St. Catherine of Alexandria School (1); Abigail Skarbek, St. George School (2); Kayla Baldwin, Elizabeth Sutherland School (3)

• Eighth Grade Boys:  John Francis Zech, St. John of the Cross School (1); Kevin Phelan, St. Catherine of Alexandria School (2); Christopher Considine, St. Bruno (3); Daniel Villalobos, Our Lady of the Snows School (3)

Each finalist was awarded a certificate for their hard work and superior essay.  The 14 winners were awarded a special plaque and other prizes.