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Celebrate our Stars (formerly Distinguished Teacher Awards)

April 18, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Recognize the educators and volunteers who help bring our mission to life!

Honor this year’s recipients and sample great pizza from local restaurants.


Over 75 compelling nominations were received. While reading them, we were reminded how amazing our teachers are and how fortunate we are to be part of District 200. Nominations were submitted by parents/guardians, alumni, staff, students or community members and reviewed via a blind process by a volunteer panel of three retired District 200 principals.

In addition to presenting six educators with our Distinguished Educator Award, we will recognize key volunteers. To reflect this change, the event name has been changed from The Distinguished Educator Awards to Celebrate our Stars.

Congratulations to our 2017 recipients!!

Distinguished Educator Awardees
Tracy Holland, Hawthorne Elementary
Ryan Bonnamy, Franklin Middle
Jamie Puorto, Wheaton North High School
Gail LoBue, Johnson Elementary
Amanda Austin, Edison Middle
Mike Mowell, Hubble Middle
James Claud, Wheaton Warrenville South High School

All-Star Volunteer Recipients
Kris Dale, Grant Review Committee
Julie Garnache, STEM Expo Committee
Carol Molino, Grant Review Committee

Event Details
Tuesday, April 18
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
* Awards presentation at 6:45 pm

Wheaton North H.S.
701 West Thomas Street, Wheaton
* Enter through doors #1 and #16.

The event is free to honor educators and volunteers.
If you would like to sample pizza from area restaurants, ticket prices are:

Pizza Tickets
Tickets: $8 if purchased by April 16; $10 at the door
Children (ages 3-10): $5 if purchased by April 16; $6 at the door
2 and under free
Family: $26 if purchased by April 16; $32 at the door

* In order to keep this affordable to families, we have a family package price of $26/$32. Based on the number/age of children in your immediate family, you may purchase individual tickets or a family package.

The amount of each individual ticket purchased over $4 is tax deductible.
The amount of your family ticket purchase over $16 is tax deductible.

Reserve / Purchase tickets
Advanced ticket sales are now closed. You are still able to purchase tickets at the door.

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Participating Restaurants
* We will have 8-10 participating restaurants, names will be added as they are confirmed.
Barone’s of Glen Ellyn
Evviva! Bar & Eatery
Gia Mia Pizza Bar
Gino’s East
Jake’s Pizza,
Jet’s Pizza
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Rosati’s Pizza – Carol Stream
Rosati’s Pizza – Warrenville

THANK YOU Gold Sponsors!

THANK YOU Silver Sponsors!

THANK YOU for your event donations!

All Flowers by Marissa
Chili’s Grill & Bar
Culligan Water
DuPage Credit Union
fire + wine
Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream
Ivy Restaurant
Stephen Spanola, CPA
Warren’s Ale House

Corporate Sponsorship
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please download our sponsorship cover letter and packet. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Chmiel at Kristin@StudentExcellenceFoundation.org.


April 18, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Student Excellence Foundation


Wheaton North High School
701 West Thomas Street
Wheaton, 60187
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