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Six D. 202 juniors get Foundation Horizon Grants for summer learning

Six District 202 high school juniors will get to experience their personal summer learning adventures thanks to the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence.

The Foundation awarded 2018 Horizon Grants to the six students to help pay for summer learning enrichment experiences that broaden their academic horizons and explore areas of interest.

The students can use the grants for summer workshops, classes, field studies, internships or conferences during the summer before their senior year. Each grant is for up to $1,000.

This is the sixth year that the Foundation for Excellence has awarded these special grants. Sixty- five students applied for grants this year.

“The Foundation for Excellence is very proud of our Horizon Grant program because it helps students realize their dreams for their future,” said Foundation for Excellence Chairperson Matthew Starr.

The 2018 Horizon Grant winners in alphabetical order are:

  • Daniel Carter (Plainfield High School – Central Campus) – plans to attend the “Game, Cinema and Animation Summer Academy” at DePaul University in Chicago.
  • Spencer Cibulskis (Plainfield East High School) – plans to attend the “Final Frontier” program at Missouri University of Science and Technology, in which students will design, build and fly small satellites to the edge of space.
  • Kaitlyn Kowalski (Plainfield North High School) -- plans to attend “The Consummate Flutist” program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Andrea Moncada (Plainfield East High School) – plans to attend the STEP engineering program at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
  • Cami Muir (Plainfield High School – Central Campus) – plans to attend the “High School Lake Ecology” program through Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. The program will be held at the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin.
  • Dylan O’Donoghue -- (Plainfield South High School) – plans to attend the “Illinois Aerospace Institute” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Foundation for Excellence is a private fundraising organization that has been supporting District 202 schools, students and staff with grants, scholarships and financial support for special programming since 1983.

Along with scholarships and grants, the Foundation has also supported special District 202 programs including a District Art Gallery, the Great Read community reading program and the 1847 Schoolhouse Restoration.

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