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Rams of the Month

Our Rams of the Month are outstanding students who display our District 87 Profile of a Graduate tenets which include evidence of communication, critical thinking, embracing diversity, creation, collaboration, or self-empowerment within their classrooms or extracurriculars. These students were nominated by staff and are deserving of our recognition. Ms. Alexandria Taylor, Assistant Principal for Student Services, personally recognizes these students each month. Congratulations to all! 



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Lauren Iwinski
Lauren exhibits the qualities of a RAM of the Month because of her obvious social connection and empathy towards not only the students of East, but also the staff. Lauren is taking both a FACS Human Relations course and a Consumer Management course. In both respective courses, she is a pillar of the classroom community, always offering friendship and leadership amongst other many amazing qualities. Lauren, a senior, will be certainly missed as she carries out her RAM of the Month qualities out in order classes, as well as her future in general.

Agnes Ruaika
Agnes exemplifies taking care of others and East through her positive interactions with her classmates on a daily basis.

Lainey Staffeldt
We are proud to nominate Lane Staffeldt for Ram of the Month in the Visual Arts department. Lane represents the profile of a graduate by using critical thinking skills to generate creative solutions through their artwork. Lane is a dedicated and self-empowered student that likes to work ahead and make art just for fun. Lane collaborates and communicates with their peers in order to help them grow as individuals. Lane’s inventive because they think like an artist, and goes beyond by seeking unusual materials for assignments.

Jayda Swapsy
Jayda is self-motivated and she works hard, often assisting her classmates. Jayda consistently demonstrated her ability to communicate well with others and she displayed a growth-mindset that positively impacted her class.



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Cesar DePaz
Cesar works hard every day in US History class. He is engaged and positive in class. Caesar is a great example of a Glenbard East achiever. He puts the work in day by day to earn an A in US History. We truly appreciate his hard work and positive energy.

Samantha Johnson
I am nominating Samantha because of the way she helps others in Calculus and in other math classes. Samantha is an excellent partner who will take the time to help her classmates even if it slows herself down. She also has begun helping other students in math during her lunch period. Samantha is always well-prepared and asks excellent questions that show she is thinking ahead and making connections beyond the problem at hand. The entire class benefits because of the kind of questions Samantha asks.

Jiya Patel
Jiya has had an amazing mindset and outlook toward engineering education this year. She is fun, and outgoing on a daily basis all at the same time as smart as it gets. Her classmates look to her for leadership during all of our collaborative work, and she performs at a level that they all strive to meet.

Estrella Pedroza
I would like to recommend Estrella Pedroza. They continue to demonstrate effective communication, critical thinking skills and ability to embrace diversity. Throughout Persepolis Estrella constantly prompted fellow students to think about how the text applied to the world around them, and openly shared their own experiences. Estrella is also always seeking clarification and help, and advocated for themselves in the classroom and extracurriculars. Estrella is an exceptional member of the Ram family.

Trevion Rogers
Trevion has worked very hard the second half of this semester to bring up his Biology grade. I have seen an increase in his focus and determination to perform well in class. He has also demonstrated respect towards me and Mr. Buss during Biology class.



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Keeli Dunaway
I’d like to nominate one of my distinguished Online Wellness P.E. students, Keeli Dunaway. Keeli is a hard-working, self-motivated student that is truly a pleasure to have in class. In regards to the Glenbard Profile of a Graduate competencies that come to mind, Keeli is the epitome of Communication and Is Self-Empowered.

Karina Janisch
Karina is doing an outstanding job in Accounting. Karina always participates in class, scores well on assessments and her attention to detail is second to none. I appreciate the effort she puts forth on a daily basis and the leadership she exudes in class. Karina is always willing to help out and routinely assists her classmates. It is an absolute pleasure to work with Karina. Keep up the amazing work!

Kyle Schultz
Kyle has continued to make great progress in German as a German II student. He makes consistent effort to communicate in German during class, and has a very positive influence on the class dynamic. We are fortunate to have him in our German program and are confident that he will use his knowledge of German well in the future.

Edward Vercruysse
I nominate one of my film students, Edward Vercruysse. He is in my Video Production class and consistently lifts up others projects and submits excellent examples of insightful filmmaking. He is also an active member of my video club and one of the coordinators of the screening last week. He is kind, enthusiastic, and passionate about filmmaking. He takes active roles both behind and in front of the camera.



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Areej Binmahfooz
Areej is an incredible asset to our first period English class. She regularly demonstrates her ability to think critically and her annotations in our first unit demonstrates a keen insight and ability to understand the nuances of the stories we read. Her strengths also extend to group dynamics where Areej is ready to contribute to discussions, but is also quick to bring others into the discussion, posing questions and encouraging further explanation. A stellar student for sure.

Sean Fisher
It is without hesitation that the Business and FaCS department honor Sean Fisher as our first “Ram of the Month” this school year. Sean exudes each characteristic that makes up a quality “Ram of the Month.” He leads by example both socially and academically. Specific to the Business and FaCs departments, he has taken a variety of the courses offered since his freshman year and has excelled in all of them. Sean will be sorely missed next year when he graduates.

Angel Garret
Angel is an excellent student that engages deeply in classroom conversations and is proactive in educating and engaging others. In Modern Issues, she consistently brings thoughtful questions, considerations, and observations to the class that further and deepen understanding for all. Furthermore, after discussing the danger and desperation many Afghans are facing with the fall of Kabul, Angel researched how to contact relevant members of Congress to advocate for greater resources and humanitarian response. She shared this resource via Schoology and discussed it with classmates to help give them a tool and guidance about how to communicate and advocate for issues to government officials who are in positions to create change. Her engagement and effort demonstrate the self-empowerment and communication skills of a Glenbard graduate.

Samantha Johnson
Samantha is a self-empowered student that makes responsible decisions, advocates for others, and builds strong relationships with staff and peers. She is a highly motivated student able apply previous knowledge to novel situations. She works well with her peers and can inspire those around her towards a common goal in a positive, supportive manner.  Samantha is a ready, responsible, and respectful student. She is an active listener and collaborates in order to inspire and motivate others towards a common purpose. She consistently demonstrates optimism and her positive attitude is contagious. She is a critical thinker and the perfect choice for the science department’s Ram of the Month!

Jorge Parra
Jorge is a hard working student who goes above and beyond to be successful in his classes. Jorge does a great job of advocating for himself and working with teachers outside of the class time. Jorge is also polite and courteous. He makes it a point to say hello and goodbye to teachers each day. He gets along well wtih other students during group work and in the lab setting. Jorge is a great person to be around.


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