Students Recognized on Daily Herald Fox Valley Leadership Team

Vongai TizoraHuntley High School senior Vongai Tizora was named to the Daily Herald Fox Valley Leadership Team for 2017-18. The honor annually recognizes high school students who demonstrate extraordinary achievement in both in service to the community.

Tizora is active in Student council, Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF, the Huntley Historical Society, and Big Brothers Big Sisters

“In addition to serving my school, I serve more than 20 other schools through the North Central District of Student Councils (NCD). As Convention Secretary, I am in charge of planning a Spring Convention with a budget of $15,000 for high school students in student council,” Tizora said in her nomination statement. “This convention is designed to teach these students the importance of participating and taking leadership roles in their school activities.”

“Vongai exudes so many great personal traits, such as having a positive outlook on life, being an extremely hard worker, and she has a great sense of humor that is infectious to those around her,” said her sponsor for the award, Rebecca Davison, student council adviser. “Other students flock to her at school because she is such a genuine and pure person. She can always be counted on to provide kind, motivational and/or supportive words for others.”

She is the daughter of Ralph and Elizabeth Tizora of Huntley.

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Samuel De La PazIn addition, senior Samuel De La Paz was named an honorable mention to the Leadership Team.

De La Paz received the honor in recognition of his work on a number of service projects through the National Honor Society, Link Crew, and his church.

Projects he has worked on include organizing trash pickups, volunteering with Henry’s Thanksgiving Day Hustle 5K, partnering with the park district on construction and renovation projects, helping coordinate a T-shirt fundraiser with Crystal Lake South High School for a joint Pink Out football game, designing and leading construction of 14 outdoor Stations of the Cross for his church, and youth ministry at a soup kitchen and Feed My Starving Children.

He is the son of Arturo and Karin De La Paz of Huntley.

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