In the local newspaper business, spring brings forth student-athlete recognition awards and dean’s lists and valedictorians. Several springs ago, it got us wondering here at WEDNESDAY JOURNAL about the students who might not have starred in sports or been, absolutely, at the top of their class academically. We wondered about the students who had found their way through dedicated service in our community, who had overcome significant personal obstacles.

In the process of wondering, we created the JOURNAL’s Citizen Awards for Graduating Seniors. And this special section marks our 9th annual effort to honor the many young people in our communities who stand tall in their good works, who are optimistic battlers and, who, in some cases, have also found their way into the upper percentile rankings of scholarship.

Our seven honorees were chosen by our editorial staff from among students nominated by deans, counselors, or administrators at Oak Park and River Forest High School, Fenwick High School and Trinity High School. As always we thank the leaders of these schools for their strong interest and their understanding of the particular sort of student we are looking to recognize.

This week, in a ceremony held at the Oak Park Public Library, we will have the opportunity to host an awards program for our seven students, their families and their school sponsors.

Finally, we thank the schools and the
local businesses which have again sponsored this event and this special section. They are: Community Bank, Fenwick High School, Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park Public Library, Private Bank & Trust Co., and Trinity High School.

We hope that you enjoy reading the
profiles of the 2005 Citizen Award winners.

Dan Haley
Publisher, Wednesday Journal
of Oak Park & River Forest

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