Nearly 190 High School Seniors in Region Recognized for Achievements

Both in and out of the Classroom…

Comcast today announced this year’s recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program from the company’s Greater Chicago Region, which spans Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan (full list of recipients below).  Funded by the Comcast Foundation, the program provides $1,000 scholarships to the best and brightest high school seniors based on their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.

Comcast recognized the students at a special event today at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  Nearly 190 recipients received $1,000 scholarships.  Three students at the event received an additional $4,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation. In total this year, Comcast awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships to high school seniors in the region.

“Leaders and Achievers Scholarship recipients have demonstrated leadership not only in academics but in dedication to their communities through service,” said John Crowley, Comcast’s regional senior vice president. “Comcast is proud to recognize their achievements and honored to support them as they continue their educational journeys.”

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, are catalysts for positive change in their communities, are involved in their schools and serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to help young people prepare for the future and encourage them to continue to engage in their communities. The program also demonstrates the value the business community places on civic involvement.

Since 2001, Comcast has awarded more than $25 million in scholarships to nearly 25,000 high school seniors across the country.

To learn more, please visit the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Facebook page.

About Comcast Corporation

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With nearly 7,000 local employees, Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region ( serves customers in central and northern Illinois, including the Chicago area, northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan.  “Like” Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region on Facebook by visiting Comcast of Illinois, NW Indiana and SW Michigan.  “Follow” Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region on Twitter at @ComcastILLINOIS.

About the Comcast Foundation

The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—expanding digital literacy, promoting service, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $176 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

Comcast Greater Chicago Region Leaders and Achievers Class of 2016

First Name Last Name City State High School
DeShawn Adams Chicago IL VOISE Academy
Akua Adu Chicago IL Wendell Phillips Academy
Andrea Aguilar Tinley Park IL Andrew High School
Audrey Akins Champaign IL Central High School
Nick Albert Wheaton IL Wheaton Warrenville South High School
David Aldana Chicago IL Devry Advantage Academy
Lorenzo Aleman Chicago IL Frederick Von Steuben Metro Science Center
Peter Alfano Knoxville IL Knoxville High School
Julian Alutto Lake Forest IL Woodlands Academy
Diego Alvarado Posen IL Bremen High School
Ebenezer Appiah Gary IN Emerson Visual & Performing Arts Academy
Quetzalli Aranda Chicago IL Infinity High School
Jessica Arend Sodus MI Michigan Lutheran High School
Ariana Arriaga Schererville IN Marian Catholic High School
Renn Arvanitis Schererville IN Lake Central High School
Brock Ashford Loves Park IL Harlem High School
Wakil Atig Chicago IL Carver Military HS
Ilena Banks Chicago IL Simpson Academy for Young Women
Francine Barchett Benton Harbor MI Grace Christian School
Katelynn Bell Niles MI Niles Sr. School
Thomas Biancardi Griffith IN Griffith High School
Thomas Botten III Chicago IL Northside College Prep High School
Dalvyn Bragg Chicago IL Harlan High School
Delvonte Brame Country Club Hills IL Hillcrest High School
Timothy Brazil Jr. Chicago IL Brother Rice High School
Katryce Bridges Bloomington IL Bloomington High School
Nicholas Brose Dunlap IL Peoria Notre Dame High School
Brittany Brzek Highland IN Highland High School
Alison Buchelt Lisle IL Lisle Senior High School
Olivia Burd Caledonia IL Boylan High School
Abigail Bush Chrisman IL Chrisman High School
Jodie Bush Villa Park IL Willowbrook High School
Angela Calabria Darien IL Nazareth Academy
Nina Capuani Addison IL Addison Trail High School
Connor Carlin Evanston IL Loyola Academy
Breona Chandler East Chicago IN East Chicago Central High School
Peter Chen St. Joseph MI St Joseph High School
Daniel Clemens Hebron IN Hebron Jr-Sr High School
Benjamin Cleveland Decatur IL Mt. Zion High School
Micah Cocco Normal IL Normal Community High School
Danielle Collins North Barrington IL Lake Zurich High School
Laura Conklin Downers Grove IL Downers Grove South High School
Carrie Conton Peoria IL Peoria High School
Matthew Cooke Tinley Park IL Lincoln-Way North High School
Aloysius Cooper Chicago IL Fenger  Academy High School
Ross Cortino III Sugar Grove IL Aurora Central Catholic High School
Jaselyne Cruz Chicago IL Kelvyn Park High
Claire Cwidak South Bend IN Clay High School
Micah Davidson Creston IL Rochelle High School
Jasmine DeLara Antioch IL Antioch Community High School
Kassandra Diaz Aurora IL Aurora East High School
Pamela Diaz-Ortega Chicago IL Schurz High
Andrew Dobria Chicago IL Luther High School North
Melissa Dolins Deerfield IL Deerfield High School
Jaylin Dupree-Brown Matteson IL Rich South High School
Matthew Dykas Chicago IL Chicago Tech Academy High School
Jacob Ebens Oregon IL Oregon High School
Esraa Elkossei Oak Lawn IL AQSA School
Jazmin Encarnacion Hammond IN Bishop Noll Institute
Arden Engel Poplar Grove IL Belvidere North High School
Anthony Engelman Kankakee IL Herscher High School
Matthew Ernat Lombard IL Montini High School
Yareli Estrada Chicago IL Curie Metro High
Hector Farias Sr. Chicago IL Farragut Career Academy
Jacquelyne Fernandez Goshen IN Goshen High School
Raymone Funches Chicago IL Air Force Acad High School
Logan Gibson Tremont IL Tremont High School
Peyton Gilmore Lowell IN Lowell High School
Erica Golatte Chicago IL Second Chance High School
Alison Granger Bourbonnais IL Bishop McNamara Catholic High School
Catherine Groth Sr. Kankakee IL Kankakee High School
Christopher Guevara Chicago IL Rauner College Prep
Hannah Haecker Hoffman Estates IL Westminster Christian High School
Brandon Hampton Oak Park IL Providence-St. Mel High School
Ali Hasan West Chicago IL St. Charles East High School
Anisha Hawkins Chicago IL Harper High School
Dasia Henderson Chicago IL Alcott College Prep
Jenniffer Hernandez Bolingbrook IL Benet Academy
Flor Hernandez-lara Woodstock IL Woodstock High School
Allyson Hoener Quincy IL Quincy Senior High School
Amber Holup Tinley Park IL Tinley Park High School
Megan Horras Orland Park IL Carl Sandburg High School
Deprice Hunt Chicago IL Uplift Community Academy
Shaprice Hunt Chicago IL Al Raby
Rasean Hyligar Park Forest IL Rich East High School
Salena Ibrahim Oak Lawn IL Mother Mcauley Lib Arts H S
David Jeffries Chicago IL Mather High
David Johnson Champaign IL Judah Christian
Zachary Jordan Palatine IL William Fremd High School
Taylor Justison Chatham IL Glenwood High School
Katelyn Kauth Lake Villa IL Grant High School
Shaun Kelliher Downers Grove IL Downers Grove North High School
Colette Kelly Lemont IL Lemont Township High School
Kassandra Kernagis Crete IL Illinois Lutheran High School
Edward Kimball III Chicago IL Bronzeville Scholastic High School
Amanda Klusacek Peotone IL Peotone High School
Nicholas Knowlton Bridgman MI Bridgman High School
Brandon Labora Oswego IL Oswego High School
Vivian Lee Mundelein IL Mundelein High School
Whitney Lewis Mendota IL Mendota Township High School
LeaKendra Lockhart Chicago IL Tilden Career Community Academy High School
Melissa Loera Chicago IL Prosser Career Academy HS
Makayla Long Edwardsburg MI Edwardsburg High School
Kamil Lungu Chicago IL Lane Tech College Prep
Kylee Luther Sauk Village IL Bloom Trail High School
Zuleikha Mahomed Chicago IL Roger C. Sullivan High School
Adam Mairs Ashton IL Ashton-Franklin Center High School
Marley Majetic Oak Forest IL Oak Forest High School
Ben Mattsey Saint Joseph IL St Joseph-Ogden High School
Megan McClure Riverton IL Riverton High School
Cameron McCoy Chicago IL Chicago Agr Sci High
Jameelah Mccregg Chicago IL John Hope College Prep High
Brian McNeil Chicago IL Robeson High School
Althea McWilliams Cedar Lake IN Hanover Jr. and Sr. High School
Haripriya Mehta Des Plaines IL Maine West High School
Kyle Theodric Mendoza Round Lake Beach IL Grayslake North High School
Alexis Meyer Port Barrington IL Wauconda High School
Jordan Meyer Quincy IL Quincy Notre Dame High School
Sophie Miller Park Ridge IL Maine South High School
Alejandro Monzon West Chicago IL St. Francis High School
Khyla Morgan Chicago IL Orr Academy High School
Hannah Morris Macomb IL Macomb Senior High School
Nicole Mucha Buchanan MI Buchanan High School
Diana Munoz Camacho Sr. Mount Prospect IL Rolling Meadows High School
Saira Navarrete Chicago IL Our Lady of Tepeyac High School
Nicholas Needs Peru IL St. Bede Academy
Peter Olache Batavia IL All Saints Homeschool Academy
Kwjuana Owens Chicago IL Noble Street College Prep
Elizabeth Panicali Carol Stream IL West Chicago Community High School
Madison Patenaude Woodstock IL Woodstock North High School
Brandon Pelaquin Crown Point IN Merrillville High School
Zachary Peloquin Crystal Lake IL Central High School
Ashley Poindexter Chicago IL M L King College Prep High School
Alondra Puente Chicago IL Golder College Prep – Noble Street Charter High School
Alexis Ramos Westchester IL St. Joseph High School
Elizabeth Ramos Chicago IL St. Benedict High School
Reina Razo Chicago IL Thomas Kelly High School
Jordan Reif McHenry IL McHenry East High School
Carlanie Richardson Hammond IN Hammond High School
Emma Roberts Sandwich IL Sandwich High School
Taja Robertson Chicago IL Kenwood Academy High
Gladys Rodriguez Chicago IL George Washington High School
Itzel Romano Blue Island IL Eisenhower High School
Joselin Romero Chicago IL Pritzker College Prep – Noble Street Charter High School
Walmer Saavedra Chicago IL Lindblom High School
Dazjah Samuels Dolton IL Seton Academy
Timothy Sarhage Manhattan IL Lincoln-Way Central High School
Malik Scales Chicago IL St Rita High School
Brooke Schafer Chebanse IL Central High School
Talia Schiff Northfield IL New Trier Township High School
Jamie Schlacter Riverwoods IL Stevenson High School
Rylee Schoo Plainfield IL Plainfield South High School
Bailey Severs La Porte IN La Porte High School
Parth Shah Algonquin IL Harry D Jacobs High School
Amanda Sherman Granger IN Penn Harris Madison High School
Marshall Shriner Urbana IL Urbana High School
Aliza Siddiqui St. Charles IL St. Charles North High School
Ashanti Simpkins Chicago IL Chicago Math & Science Elementary Charter
Crystal Smith Streamwood IL Streamwood High School
Umaiyal Sridas Round Lake IL Grayslake Central High School
Millen Srivastava South Barrington IL Barrington High School
Isabella Staltari Goshen IN Northridge High School
Keisha’e Stevenson Chicago IL Gage Park HS
Brendan Stonequist Arlington Heights IL John Hersey High School
Nina Stuckel Chicago IL Resurrection High School
Dean Swider Long Beach IN Marquette Catholic High School
Ally Szakacs Munster IN Munster High School
Michalina Szelazek Franklin Park IL Leyden High School
Sarah Thompson Chicago IL Hyde Park Academy High School
Ellie Tjelmeland Springfield IL Rochester High School
Mayra Torres Chicago IL De La Salle – Lourdes Hall Campus
Natalis Torres Chicago IL Roberto Clemente Community Academy High School
Alyssa Trinko Palos Heights IL Shepard High School
Angela Tripp Carpentersville IL Dundee-Crown High School
Genesis Vasquez Chicago IL Phoenix Military Academy
Jhadira Villavicencio Countryside IL Lyons Township High School
Makala Villont Woodstock IL Marian Central Catholic High School
Meera Vyas Aurora IL Rosary High School
Samantha Wakitsch Johnsburg IL Johnsburg High School
Megan Walker Champaign IL The High School of Saint Thomas More
Elonya Walsh Chicago IL Austin Business & Entrepreneurial Academy
Dianne Waweru South Bend IN Riley High School
Daniel Weiss Lincolnwood IL Niles West High School
Christian Yi Arlington Heights IL Buffalo Grove High School
Joshua Youngs Niles MI Brandywine High School
Ashley Yuan Three Oaks MI New Buffalo High School

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