River Forest, IL (December 16, 2014) Five Trinity High School students were awarded the 2014 Cook County Sheriff’s Youth Service Medal of Honor on Tuesday, Dec. 9 for volunteering more than 100 hours in the past year.

The Trinity students honored are:

  • Nikole Crane ’15 (Riverside)

  • Erin Nelson ’16 (Chicago)

  • Laura Guerrero ’16 (Chicago)

  • Christina Strand ’17 (River Forest)

  • Kimberly Gallegos ’15 (Chicago).

Based on the student’s application, the Cook County Sheriff Youth Service Department selected a student speaker to address those in attendance at the ceremony. The distinguished youth speaker this year is Nikole Crane, a senior at Trinity High School in River Forest.

Nikole made, packaged, and sold lip balm and donated the profits to Smile Train, an organization that fixes cleft lips and palates in developing countries,” according to the news release. “Along with raising awareness for Smile Train, Nikole raised over $3000 for the charity, which provided 12 surgeries for children with cleft lips and palates.”

The cumulative community service performed by the 359 winners was more than 40,000 hours.

Students volunteered in homeless shelters, animal shelters, nursing homes, hospitals and rehab centers. Some students helped organize 5K walks, build homes, form not-for-profits and lead mission trips.

Trinity High School is a Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women. Founded and sponsored by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, Trinity has graduated close to 15,000 women since its inception in 1918. In 1994 Trinity became an International Baccalaureate World School. Please visit for more information on Trinity High School.

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