Northbrook Junior High Class of 2022 was recognized with the return to a traditional graduation ceremony at Glenbrook North High School on June 1. After a “drive-by” ceremony in 2020 and an outdoor ceremony in 2021, the traditional ceremony was held for 211 graduates and their families.
At the ceremony, student awards were given for volunteerism and citizenship.
Emma Bergeron received the 2022 Northbrook Rotary Club Service Award for extraordinary work in the spirit of volunteerism. NBJH teachers nominate students for the American Legion Citizenship Award as best representing the character qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service. A total of 14 students were nominated and four students were presented with awards: Matthew Ciancanelli and Maggie Gjermano received Distinguished Achievement awards, and Michael Eichstadt and Emma Bergeron received Honorable Mention awards.
The other 10 nominated students are: Lincoln Brown, Claire Dillon, Andrew Kim, Arpi Kirakosian, Natalie Mahoney, Liana Malishkevich, Aidan Sowl, Gigi Stevenson, Miao Sun, and Flynn Taylor.
“Northbrook Junior High taught us the spirit of community, to persevere together,” said Michael Eichstadt in the first of three student speeches. “We may be leaving Northbrook Junior High but the spirit of NBJH will not be leaving us.”
Clare Gartz spoke of the three lessons NBJH has taught students. “To pace ourselves, to connect and to adapt. I believe that these three things will stay with us no matter what paths we take.”
Maggie Gjermano reflected on her time at NBJH based on each letter of the school abbreviation. “Starting out with the first letter N. N means more than Northbrook, to me it stands for Never give up. When the pandemic started, the teachers and staff at NBJH never gave up trying to teach us,” Maggie said. “During high school and beyond, when I think of NBJH it won’t just mean Northbrook Junior high but always something more. See you all in high school!”
Superintendent Dr. Larry Hewitt addressed the students, “Strive always for the good and you will never be disappointed in yourself.”
In closing remarks, NBJH Principal Scott Meek advised students, “what you do matters. Always remember that. Stick to your core values; hold strong to your beliefs; advocate for causes that are meaningful to you.”
Superintendent Dr. Larry Hewitt presents the Northbrook Rotary Award for volunteerism to Emma Bergeron at the Northbrook Junior High graduation ceremony.
The 2022 Northbrook Junior High American Legion Citizenship Award winners are, from left, Emma Bergeron and Michael Eichstadt received honorable mention, and Matthew Ciancanelli and Maggie Gjermano received Distinguished Achievement awards.