Senior Named Rotary Club Student of the Month

Published: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Posted on March 7, 2017 - Congratulations are extended to Minooka Community High School senior Elizabeth Badalamenti, daughter of Thomas and Susan Badalamenti of Channahon, for being named the Channahon-Minooka Rotary Club “Student of the Month” for March.

In the classroom, Elizabeth maintains a 4.1 grade-point-average (on a 4.0 scale), and she has been recognized on the high honor roll at MCHS for four years, as an MCHS Academic Excellence Award winner, and as an Illinois State Scholar.

Outside the classroom, Elizabeth is active with several MCHS groups and organizations, including Marching Indians (clarinet section leader), concert band (bass clarinet), wind ensemble, National Honor Society, and the spring musical (light crew).

Away from MCHS, Elizabeth serves the community as a member of the Joliet Juniorettes and as an employee of the Channahon Park District’s after-school childcare programs.

“Service is an incredibly important component of my community, as it unites people from all economic, social and racial backgrounds in order to accomplish a similar goal,” Elizabeth said. “This is a powerful ability in such a divided society.”

She also stressed that all high school students can make a difference within their community.

“In order to make any kind of difference at their school and within their community, students should first discover what they are passionate about,” she added. “From there, the sky's the limit. Whether you choose to improve it, share it, or study it, you’ll see the that things you’ve done have left an impact on at least one person’s life, and that can make all the difference.”

After graduation, Elizabeth will attend the University of St. Francis, where she plans to major in marketing and minor in communications as she prepares for a career as a marketing manager.

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