Education Foundation’s Select 58 program celebrates eighth graders for citizenship

Downers Grove Grade School District 58 celebrated this year’s Select 58 recipients at a formal awards banquet at Herrick Middle School on Wednesday, May 10. Select 58 is an Education Foundation of Downers Grove District 58 program that honors eighth graders who provide outstanding service to their school and community.

The event featured introductions by Herrick Principal Matt Neustadt and Superintendent Dr. Kari Cremascoli; entertainment by the Downers Grove South Madrigal Choir; speeches by District 58 alumni James Krick and Lydia Walsh-Rock; and a delicious Aramark-catered dinner.

The recipients also enjoyed a unique focal point — a beautiful cake that depicted all Select 58 students, courtesy of Downers Grove resident Cathy Oriatti. The event closed with the distribution of Select 58 plaques, courtesy of Blooming Color, and sweatshirts, courtesy of Holy Cow Sports. The event also featured photography services by Miles Boone Photography and flowers/decorations courtesy of Phillip’s Flowers and Gifts and Aramark.

Congrats to the 2017 Select 58 award recipients!


Erin Beatty
Justin Berghorst
Ann Bieda
Carissa Blumka
Elijah Chen
Emma Cho
Elizabeth Cremer
Hannah Crowe
Carson Diehl
Carrie Drobnik
Lindsey Good
Jillian Kartsounes
Aisling Kerr
Nathan Kerr
Saoirse Kerr
Emily Koors
Matthew Lupescu
Sarah Lupescu
Lucas Marra
Grace McTigue
Julia Niemiec
Noah Pardue
Erin Peters
Tressa Rapach
Matthew Rowley
Benjamin Schaub
Andrew Swenson
Ashleigh Szydlowski
Arden Zajack


August Balicki
Michael Beirne
Andrew Calek
Patrick Carlson
Mary Davenport
Sierra Donaldson
Matthew Frauendorff
Abby Fredricks
Josephina Gadzala
Rainu George
Julia Grippo
Logan Henderson
Gerda Jucys
Dillon Kohls
Kyle Kotovsky
Diana Kwak
Matthew Leinart
Elliott Lewis
Katherine McGuire
Alexandra Meyers
Ariel Oh
Brian Parilla
Eliza Peters
Sara Scolan
Teagan Smith
Kendall Swider
Benjamin Tunney
Riley Vernon
Riley Vondrasek


This year’s Select 58 judges included Foundation directors Roberta Diehl, Swapna Gigani and Kevin Murphy as well as community members Jill Donaldson, James Kelly and Bruce Swanson. The planning committee included Community Relations Coordinator Megan Hewitt, Herrick Secretary Ann Russ and Foundation Director Laura Taylor, with assistance from Herrick Principal Matt Neustadt, O’Neill Principal Matt Durbala and O’Neill secretaries Amy Peters and Lisa Wojdyla.