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A.C.E. Award winner Heaven McCoy moves on to district competition

May 12, 2017 11:37AM, Published by Neighbors Magazines, Categories: News Education


Left to right: Leslie Rosales, Alec Hall, Samantha Paxson, Heaven McCoy, Annabell Haier, Joey Leitner, Michael Evola, Gregorio Hernandez, Alexis Lindsey, Katie Ericksen, Jack McGraw



The ACE (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) award recognizes high school students who have had to overcome great physical, emotional, or social obstacles and are now eligible for high school graduation. Up to two students from each participating school receives ACE Awards.  Students are nominated by their teachers and counselors.  The winners are selected the by Exchange Club from the applications and essays submitted by the nominees.  The committee selects one ACE award winner who will be submitted to the district for the district ACE award competition. This year they selected Heaven McCoy, Batavia High School.

The 2017 ACE Awards winners are: Batavia HS: Heaven McCoy and Samantha Paxson; Geneva HS: Alec Hall; Mades-Johnstone HS: Michael Evola and Annabell Haier; Mooseheart HS: Gregorio Hernandez and Joey Leitner; St. Charles East HS: Alexis Lindsey and Leslie Rosales; St. Charles North: Katie Frediericksen and Jack McGraw.

The awards were presented at a special breakfast ceremony at Riverside Banquets in Geneva.  ACE award winners, relatives and school representatives will be invited to attend.  The event drew over 80 people.  All ACE award winners received a plaque and monetary gift for their achievement.

This is a positive program with two key objectives. First, it helps encourage students to overcome their hardships and get back on track toward a high school diploma. Second, the award recognizes those students who are often overlooked for their accomplishments. This special recognition serves as a powerful example to all students that hard work and perseverance really do pay.

“This is a positive program that helps encourage students to overcome their hardships and get back on track toward a high school diploma,” said Brian Henry, Club President. “It also recognizes those students who are often overlooked for their accomplishments. This special recognition serves as a powerful example to all students that hard work and perseverance really do pay.”

 For more than 30 years, men and women of the Tri-Cities area -- St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia—have joined together to serve their communities by embracing the Tri-Cities Exchange Club’s main missions—prevention of child abuse, promotion of patriotism, and recognition of student achievements. The Tri- Cities Exchange Club was chartered on a wintry January evening in 1979 at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, starting decades of devotion for improving the lives of children and reminding citizens of the value of the freedoms they enjoy in this country.

The Tri-Cities Exchange Club meets every Tuesday morning, 7– 8am, at Colonial Café, 552 North Randall Road, St. Charles. Guests are always welcome. www.tcexchangeclub.com .




Education Tri-Cities Exchange Club ACE Awards Graduation


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