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Exchange Club of the TriCities recognizes the 2018 A.C.E. Award winners

Pictured left to right: Julianne Pabona, St. Charles East; Kathleen Kopija-Erichson, Geneva; Riley Wulf, Geneva; Stephen Para, St. Charles North; Cassandra Kearney, Batavia; Lupita Lopez, Mooseheart; Mariana Lazano, Mooseheart; Rylee Boutelle, St. Charles North. Not pictured: Abigail Jachim, Batavia; Lisa Gordon, St. Charles East.

May 8 - Every year high schools in the TriCities nominate exemplary graduating seniors for a special award, Accepting the Challenge of Excellence (A.C.E.), a national awards program of the National Exchange Club. 

These students were selected for their ability to face and overcome significant life challenges through their journey to graduation.  Students are nominated by their teachers and counselors.  In the TriCities up to two students per high school may be nominated.  

This year’s TriCities A.C.E. award winners are: Batavia High School – Abigail Jachim and Cassandra Kearney; Geneva High School – Kathleen Kopija-Erickson; Mooseheart High School – Lupita Lopez and Mariana Lazano; St. Charles East High School - Julianne Pabona and Lisa Gordon; St. Charles North High School - Rylee Boutelle and Stephen Para.

The TriCities Exchange Club selects one student to go on to the district competition, with the potential of participating at the national level.  This year's selection to move on to district is Lisa Gordon, St. Charles North High School.

The students were honored at an awards breakfast May 8 at Riverside Receptions, Geneva, IL.  Attending the awards breakfast, and supporting the students from their respective schools were Geneva mayor Kevin Burns, St. Charles mayor Ray Rogina and Batavia mayor Jeff Schielke.

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 abusepromotion 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.