Huntley High School senior Cameron McCall was named to the 2015-2016 Daily Herald Fox Valley Leadership Team, and senior Kelly Malecki received an honorable mention from the program, which annually recognizes high school students who demonstrate extraordinary achievement in both in service to the community.
McCall received the honor in recognition of his work with the National Honor Society, Link Crew, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County.
“My junior year of high school I decided to gain additional volunteering experience through working my community’s Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. After a very successful interview, the site coordinator asked me if I would feel comfortable working with a special-needs case,” McCall told the paper in his nomination. “The child’s name was Tyler and he had been born prematurely with brain hemorrhaging that had left him incapable of verbal communication, with the exception of the most basic words. I agreed, believing I was doing him a service. Instead, the year I spent with Tyler ended up being the best gift I have ever received and changed my life.”
His post-secondary plans include studying child development in preparation for a career as a pediatric psychiatrist or pediatric intensive care doctor.
He is the son of Steven and Valeria McCall of Huntley.
Senior Kelly Malecki received an honorable mention.
She was recognized for her work with three HHS organizations: the National Honor Society, the Community Service Club, and the College and Career Center.
She is the daughter of Mark and Julie Malecki of Lake in the Hills.
Both McCall and Malecki were nominated by science teacher Melanie Lyons.