Naperville native Michael Zuraw, 40, is an acclaimed pianist and educator, who now lives in Houston. Zuraw attended Naperville North before finishing high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.
Megan Schultz Garrelts got her first taste as a baker while growing up in Naperville. Today, the 33-year-old is a renowned pastry chef and co-owner of two of Kansas City’s hot restaurants, bluestem and the recently opened Rye KC.
It’s been almost a decade since Dan Buehring was named The Sun’s Volleyball Player of the Year, and the 2004 Naperville Central High School graduate is still at it. Today, the 27-year-old is a professionally ranked beach volleyball player and mentor to a future generation of players as the assistant coach for the Loyola University women’s volleyball program.
Lt. Stephen Graff has been “proudly recruiting for America’s Navy” since 2004. Apparently, he is doing it well. The 29-year-old Naperville native recently was recognized as a top U.S. Navy Recruiter of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Sean Persin, a 1991 Naperville Central High School graduate, is making Naperville proud as a magistrate for the Superior Court in Lafayette, Ind. Persin, 39, said he got his first glimpse of the law profession while a student at Lincoln Junior High.
Ross Kimball has many audiences. Whether it’s a packed house at iO Theater, Chicago’s legendary improvisation comedy venue, or students in a classroom, the 2002 graduate of Naperville Central High School is comfortable being front and center.
Brian Dettmer, a 1997 Naperville North graduate who lives in Atlanta, Ga., is known around the world for his innovative sculptures crafted out of books and other forms of “antiquated media.” Seeing them as “enclosed vessels full of unearthed potential,“ the artist cuts into the book’s surface, revealing a different perspective.
In its inaugural year, the SciTech Club from Lincoln Junior High School made a name for itself by winning the third annual STEMfest Video Competition sponsored by Northern Illinois University. The aspiring group of Lancer filmmakers took first and second place in the middle-school category for their video entries.
P. Dee Boersma knew early on she wasn’t cut out for an office job. Instead, the 1965 graduate of Naperville Central High School would make the earth her workplace as an internationally renowned conservationist and penguin expert.
Naperville Central High School students are making headlines, and apparently doing it quite well. The Central Times, the student-run monthly newspaper, was nominated for the Newspaper Pacemaker Award, the highest honor for scholastic journalism awarded by the National Scholastic Press Association.
When Metra announced the winners of its 2011-2012 Safety Contest, four Naperville students were among them. The annual competition for students in grades K to 12 is “designed to promote and reinforce railroad safety,” focusing particularly on how to keep children safe around trains. “Nothing …
Heather Hedlund is the nurse manager in the bone marrow transplant program department at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. After graduating from Naperville Central High School, she attended Northern Illinois University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2001. It was there, during a clinical rotation on an oncology floor, she found her calling.
Courtney Clark believes you should give where you live. And to make it easy, the 1997 graduate of Naperville Central High School founded Austin Involved, a grassroots volunteer movement that connects young professionals with meaningful opportunities to serve their community.
Chad Lawson grew up playing card games for fun with his family in Naperville. But this summer, it was more than fun and games when the 1990 Naperville North High School graduate headed to Las Vegas to take part in the 2012 World Series of Poker.
Katie Hawkes can’t think of a better way to start her professional career. A 2007 graduate of Neuqua Valley High School, the architect’s first line of business will be to use her recently earned degree to help others around the world. Hawkes graduated this summer …
Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep in touch with family and friends, sharing photos, links and videos with people from around the world. It’s all part of the job for Brad Keown, a 1990 Naperville Central High School graduate who has been leading Facebook’s Midwest sales and marketing office since 2007.