Three seniors were recently honored by the Maine Township High School District 207 Board of Education as “207's Best.” For the April honors, Isaiah Easo, of Maine East; Grant Hallock, of Maine South; and Aaron Schreyer-Miller, of Maine West, were recognized for Technology Leadership/Innovation.
In his introductory letter, Maine East Principal Dr. Mike Pressler observed that “while Isaiah clearly has a passion for technology and business, all of his teachers speak to his desire to draw connections between various disciplines to build stronger understandings that transcend the specific topic being studied.” A Vice President of the National Honor Society and executive officer of Rotary Interact Club, his course load has consisted primarily of Advanced Placement and accelerated courses and the highest level technology and business courses available. Isaiah is President and a founding member of Maine East’s Tech Genius Club, which he helped transform from a discussion-based club to a project-based group. Last year, Tech Genius members worked with Shedd Aquarium on a virtual reality tour and this year are involved with the Google Innovator Incubator Project to develop The Maine East App. He also helped organize a Student Tech Leadership Summit hosted by Maine East. Isaiah told Board members that he plans to study computer science at DePaul and eventually pursue a Master’s in Business Education.
In his introductory letter, Maine South Principal Shawn Messmer cited Grant Hallock’s in-school accomplishments and independent business pursuits. In addition to excelling in Intro to Business, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and College Accounting, Mr. Messmer said Grant is known among many staff members as “The Sneaker Guy” because of his success with his start-up company. Grant started by reselling limited-edition shoes. Faced with the challenge of managing a growing physical inventory, he moved his business online and now, after working with an engineer in India, sells purchasing apps or “bots” to customers wanting to buy limited-edition shoes and clothing so that he no longer faces the logistics of delivering shoes. His Entrepreneurship teacher, Mr. Greguras, stated: “It would be easy for someone Grant’s age who has been so successful to let it go to his head, but Grant realizes that what he has accomplished is just the tip of the iceberg and knows that the more he learns the more successful he will become.” Grant told the Board he plans to attend Indiana University, the University of Iowa or the University of Arizona.
At Maine West, Aaron has taken almost every available technology class, starting with Computer Aided Drafting I, moving on to Network + and Linux, and then Digital Electronics. He is currently taking Advanced Placement Computer Science and three other AP courses. In her introductory letter, Maine West Principal Dr. Audrey Haugan wrote Aaron “has become the student our teachers and other students go to for help when their computer won’t work, when they need help with software, or if they need something created.” His expertise is so well known, Dr. Haugan noted, that people will stop Aaron in the hallways to seek help. His Digital Electronics teacher, Mr. Tomasiewicz, said of Aaron that “he excels in problem solving situations and was a great role model and leader, helping other students troubleshoot and design many of their projects.” Aaron is that good, and has been for some time.” Aaron told the Board that he will attend the University of Illinois at Chicago and pursue a dual major in electrical engineering and computer science because he wants the skill set that will result from pursuing both degrees.
The “207's Best’ program recognizes outstanding students monthly throughout the school year. Academic achievement awards are given in two months. Awards for community service, fine arts, improved performance, elective area of achievement, technology leader/innovator and extracurricular achievement are given one month each. Teachers nominate students, and an executive committee makes final decisions. Honorees are then recognized by the Board of Education, which instituted the program.