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Class of 2021 Commemorates Pandemic Experience

NBJH Class of 2021 Commemorates Pandemic Experience

Congratulations to this year’s Northbrook Junior High Class of 2021 who graduated at the May 30 socially distanced, outdoor ceremony at Glenbrook North High School football stadium.

 Abby Saffar addresses her classmates

“Our 8th grade year wasn’t what we thought it would be, maybe not what we wanted it to be, but it was our year. And our individual experiences will be the ones to shape us as The Northbrook Junior High class of 2021!” said student speaker Abby Saffar.

Student awards presented at the ceremony included the American Legion Citizenship Award and the Rotary Club Volunteer Service Award. Teachers nominate and vote for students who best represent the character qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service for the American Legion Citizenship Awards.

American Legion Distinguished Service Award winners and honorable mention

Distinguished Achievement Citizenship Award winners are Delaney Meek and Tristan Miller. Sam Vishnevskiy and Danielle Yakhnis received Honorable Mention.

Nominees included: Daniel Bilous, Alex Chalem, Carly Erlich, Sam Gaffney, Jonah Kasdan, Carly Pufpaf, Joshua Raub, Abby Saffar, Caitlin Schuster and Lindy Winkler.

Hayato Majoros and Brookte Smith, Rotary Award winners

Superintendent Dr. Larry Hewitt presented the annual Northbrook Rotary Volunteer Service award for extraordinary work in the spirit of volunteerism and the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.” The class of 2021 winners are Hayato Majoros and Brookte Smith.

Superintendent Larry Hewitt

In sending off the Class of 2021 to high school, Superintendent Dr. Larry Hewitt said, “With that first step on campus begin building that legacy you want to leave behind.”


Brookte Smith addresses the students

Brookte Smith, also a student speaker, shared her reflections on the year and her class. “If this was like any other year, this gown would just be fabric. This year, however, this fabric means far more. It stands for our pain, our hard work, our patience, and our constant feeling of being let down. It also stands for our friendships, our perseverance, and finally . . . our celebration! she said.

 Dr. Meek addresses the students

NBJH Principal Dr. Scott Meek said in his address, “if you hold onto anything from these past 15 months, remember this: 1)You are uniquely talented and have so much to share with this world; 2)never under estimate the power of family; and 3) you never have to go it alone when you’re part of a supportive community such as this.”

 Students stand with diplomas in hand, ready for high school.

With diplomas in hand, the class of 2021 is ready to exit the stadium and begin the next chapter in their lives as high school students.