D123 Honors Top 23 Students from Class of '23 at Inaugural Event

In a remarkable alignment of numbers, Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 recently celebrated its inaugural Select 123 breakfast, honoring 23 exemplary students from the district who are not only part of District 123, but also represent the graduating class of 2023.

The 23 exceptional 8th grade students who received this distinction are Alice Ryan, Anthony Hannan, Anthony Villalobos, Arianna Janowiak, Azul Vega, Brody Ivey, Caydence Schmittel, Desiree Fuentes, Eleni Patrianakos, Emily A. Bennett, Gabriel Serna, Grace Begani, Grace McGuire, Jakob Groll, James O'Shea, Jovani Aranda, Laith Abbasi, Maggie Bertalmio, Mashallah Hammad, Norah O'Dea, Patrick Driscoll, Rylee Allison, and Zofia Kuzmiuk.

"Our students have displayed not only academic and behavioral excellence but also essential skills such as leadership, adaptability, flexibility, and community service. Their achievements are a testament to the district's commitment to educating the whole child," said Superintendent Paul Enderle.

"Today, we celebrate not only the exceptional achievements of our 23 Select 123 students but also a notable convergence of numbers. To have 23 outstanding students from District 123, graduating in the year 2023, it's a wonderful alignment that underscores the uniqueness of this inaugural event , but also, this class," said Principal Sean McNichols

The Select 123 program, a partnership between the District 123 Education Foundation and Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School (OLHMS), was created to recognize and reward students who have made significant contributions to their school and the broader Oak Lawn and Hometown community.

The celebratory breakfast was a joyful gathering of students and their families, marking the student's achievements in a special way. District 123 plans to also honor these students' legacy by showcasing their pictures on a wall of honor located just outside the main gym at OLHMS.

"As these students continue their journey, they leave behind a strong legacy that serves as a beacon of inspiration for future classes in District 123," continued Enderle.

When Zofia Kuzmiuk, one students awarded the Select 123 distinction, was asked about her reaction, she expressed her joy.

"I was very enthusiastic and happy to be selected! It feels amazing to be recognized for everything that I've done at school and in my community, and it's a privilege to represent my school and the OLHMS class of 2023," she commented.

For Zofia, the award marks an unforgettable day, a milestone in her academic journey, and a testament to her dedication to both her school and her community.

Looking forward to June 1, the entire District 123 learning community eagerly awaits the graduation ceremony at the middle school. With its strong sense of anticipation and pride, the district stands ready to honor all its graduating students, marking yet another important milestone in their educational journey.

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