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The RoundUp 2024 Goodwill Award
The RoundUp 2024 "Goodwill" Award
Ava Lutsi and Rainey RoyPublished May 23, 2024

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The RoundUp 2024 “Goodwill” Award

We asked teachers to nominate their kindest students in their classes. These students demonstrated remarkable kindness, responsibility and positivity.

Sravya Dontharaju

“Sravya is a very kind and respectful student who always values and appreciates learning experiences in the classroom. She is always positive, cooperative, and eager to learn. A real pleasure to work with.”-Marta Constenla 

Jane Bradley

“This student is an overall sweet and inclusive person with a gentle personality. As a member of Orchesis, she is always kind, encouraging, and welcoming to everyone no matter who they are, what grade they are in, or how long she has known them for!”- Katelyn Reyes

Avery Johnson

“This student is an overall thoughtful, inclusive person. As a student, she is also kind enough to ask me, as a teacher, how I am doing too and often checks in on my own well-being and offers to help out with Orchesis in many different ways!”- Katelyn Reyes 

Caroline Turnbul

“She is always volunteering to help classmates in need and runs the Barrington Buddies program with such an imaginative and big heart. She is always trying to make everyone’s day better!”- Kathleen Duffy 

“Caroline has a kind heart and a bright smile that brightens everyone’s day!”- Heidi Rockwell

Sarah Sarnowski

“Sarah is always respectful during class towards her peers and adults. She listens attentively, follows directions thoughtfully, and is all around a good person. She is a joy to have in the classroom!”- Laura Turngren

Maya Singh

“Maya demonstrates compassion and empathy in school through various actions. For instance, she greets almost every student with a smile, a friendly hello, or a compliment, spreading positively throughout the halls. Maya is always willing to assist her teacher or classmates in the classroom and provide encouragement to those in need. I believe Maya is one of the best examples of a senior here at BHS who has shown kindness all year and would be an excellent candidate for the “Goodwill” award.”- Julie Bjerregaard

Joey Laurin

“Joey is happy to be at school and is kind to everyone he meets. Out of the 4 years of school even during Covid Joey did what he needed to do and NEVER complained!”- Liz Robbins

Preyansh Jain

“Preyansh is the kindest soul that l’ve encountered in my time at Barrington. He is organic about it and genuine. I’ve seen him impact everyone around him with how great of a person he is and how he affects his kindness on others. He also has such a positive affect on his students groups, his staff who lead him in his classes and the community during the advisories this year. All have been so complimentary and so impacted by Preyansh. Barrington is a better place because of Preyansh.”- Kerri McCastland

Sarah Jensen

“Sarah is so clearly a caring and kind soul. Anyone who is fortunate to sit with her in class receives her warm smiles, her listening ear, and comforting presence. Sarah’s character trait is her awareness of those around her here in school as well as in the community and offering her time and support to those in need. Sarah embodies the essence of a good human and I’m sure she will go forth in life and share that with the world!”- Mercedes Beltran

Colin Goodman

“Colin lends a helping hand to classmates in need during Culinary labs, and he does so with a smile on his face. He frequently volunteers to assist wherever needed, whether it be for prep or clean up. He is mature for his age and genuinely has a wonderful demeanor and attitude about life.”- Elizabeth Kotrba

Logan Cidulka

“Logan is always willing to help anyone. He goes above and beyond when it comes to camaraderie and kindness to others, especially the most needy. He is always ready to help when asked (: He is a great role model and a wonderful human being. He will be dearly missed around the walls of BHS. Kudos to you SuperLogan!”- Osman Doñate

Charlie Walters

“Charlie has offered ideas and help to others in their class. They are supportive of others and encourages their classmates”- Justine Rovin

Joe Rivera

“Joe comes into class with a great attitude every day.  He gets along well and can joke around with everyone in the class.  He always finds time before or during class to chat with me and I can tell that he is genuinely interested in the well-being of others. Overall Joe is just a nice guy!”- Mike Kedzie

Aiden Zawadzki

“Aiden is one of the kindest students I’ve met at BHS. He is always quick with a hello and excited about good ideas and great conversation. Aiden has time and time again asked to volunteer, advocate for, help out, and speak at after school events for our graphic design class and the BHS fine arts department.”- Joe Zimka

Madelyn Owen

“Maddie is one of the kindest students. She is kind to her peers and her teachers. She is always willing to help a friend, or not a friend.  She always has a positive outlook on life and is always putting herself out there as a student.  She works with Little Broncos and you can tell that she enjoys being with the kids.”- Adrienne Tischauser

Yaretzy Bardesi

“Yaretzy has been such a pleasure to have in class.  She opens the door for students when it’s locked, she is polite, and is always willing to help out! Thanks Yaretzy for being such a kind person!”- Jessica Royal

Alec Lechuga

“This young man definitely shows empathy, selflessness, sincerity  & inspiring if I was to describe him. Alec has such a really kind & genuine soul. When he smiles you automatically feel how sincere he really is. His parents have definitely brought him up with lots of love & compassion.  It shows how genuinely he treats his peers on a daily basis. He would be a great mentor/ role model for younger teens looking for any  guidance or motivation . Most of all, Alec has shown me in several situations how he has unconditionally put the needs of others before his own. So when I think of a good human, Alec Lechuga stands apart from so many students and has  never had entitlement as an agenda.”- Anthony Scafidi

Chloe Hutton 

“Chloe demonstrates her kindness in various ways. She consistently demonstrates empathy and compassion towards others, always ready to lend a helping hand or a listening ear. Chloe’s gestures of kindness also extend to small acts of generosity, such as sharing her belongings or running out to get you a medicine ball from Starbucks when you aren’t feeling well. She is kindness personified.”- Shannon Dunn

Axel Lopez  

“Axel is kind to peers and staff. He is constantly seeing the positives and supports peers when they are not able to find the positives. Axel has a kind and calming presence”- John Mathews



Lily Fournier

“Lily is in 1st hour Introduction to Anatomy, Physiology, and Disease and always comes to class with a smile on her face and an open heart. She is kind and polite to everyone in the class. She is always accepting of including classmates as partners on projects”- Caroline Milne



Liv Sagar

“Liv enters class every day with a smile on her face and has a great sense of humor.  She is always asking questions and engaging in considerate conversation with both her friends and myself.  She shows a genuine care for other people and knows how to joke around with others to make them feel better.  I really appreciate what she has brought to the classroom this year; she has made it a better place!”- Mike Kenzie

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