Neighbors in the news: Grayslake North senior receives Chicago Bears scholarship
Fiona Campbell, a senior at Grayslake North High School, was the recipient of the Chicago Bears' Collin Wehr Scholarship. The scholarship provides financial assistance to young cancer survivors or the siblings of children who lost their battle with pediatric cancer.
Chicago Bears Offensive Lineman Teven Jenkins and Chairman George H. McCaskey virtually surprised Campbell with the news that she received the $20,000 college scholarship.
Campbell was born with a genetic disorder of the nervous system that resulted in three rounds of chemotherapy after suffering from three brain tumors at a young age and undergoing multiple surgeries. She has not let cancer stop her from becoming an outstanding student and has shown great leadership through community service work for the village of Round Lake Heights and Feed My Starving Children.
"This scholarship means so much for me because everything that I've been going through in my life has pushed me to be a strong individual, like in school," said Campbell.
"I don't want to be known like the different kid. I just wanted to be like all my other peers. I have a learning disability, and I want those [special education] kids to know that they're special; don't be scared to share your voice. Be positive about everything that you've been through."
Campbell plans to attend Carthage College to study special education.
• Beth Kaim was recognized by the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors during its 2021 Production Awards as a Top Realtor, winning two prestigious awards -- the Diamond and Gold awards.
The Production Awards highlight the top-performing Mainstreet Realtors of 2021. The award categories include individual residential, residential teams and commercial. Awards are given to the top 3% in sales and 2% in transactions in each category.
Kaim, who has been a Realtor for seven years, has achieved numerous awards, certifications and designations, including the Realtors Commitment to Excellence, Pricing Strategy Advisor, Real Estate Negotiation Expert and Seniors Real Estate Specialist.
She is an active volunteer and is currently the immediate past president of the Elk Grove Village Lions Club and a member of the Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove Village.
• Arlington Heights-based For Papa's Sake Home Care has received the distinguished 2022 Best of Home Care-Top 100 Leader in Experience Award from Home Care Pulse.
As a Top 100 Leader in Experience Award recipient, For Papa's Sake is recognized among the very best home care providers participating in the nationwide Home Care Pulse Experience Management Program. The award is the highest recognition awarded by Home Care Pulse and is only awarded to 100 home care businesses in North America.
"When we started For Papa's Sake 12 years ago, we wanted to create an environment centered around quality, with a focus on superior customer service," says Becky Reel, executive director of For Papa's Sake Home Care.
"Customer service seems like a thing of the past and something all of us long for. We don't accept mediocre in any way, and are always striving to be better each day."
Founded in 2011, For Papa's Sake Home Care provides one-on-one care in the comfort of a clients' own home.
• Two Northwest suburban locals are among the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Greek chapter presidents for 2022.
McKenzie Dopak from Wauconda is president of Sigma Sigma Sigma. Dopak is studying marketing at the university.
Idalys Salinas from Hanover Park, who is studying psychology at the university, was elected president of Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.
Ranging from one member to more than 80, the 25 Greek chapters at UW-Whitewater stem from a rich history and are affiliated with national, international and local organizations. While the individual goals of each chapter are different, the overall mission of the presidents of the chapters are largely centered around service, engagement and commitment to their members and campus.
"A fraternity or sorority president is a key asset to their chapter," said Tyler Henderson, program specialist, Greek community and service. "They lead organizations that not only help people, they help promote UW-Whitewater."
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