Distinguished Alumni Award

  • Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame
    This award is given with great care. West Chicago Community High School recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves through exceptional contributions in their field of endeavor and service to humanity. These contributions exceed the boundaries of career and inspire others to dream and achieve. 
    A nominee must:
    • Be a graduate of Community High School District 94 at least 10 years prior to nomination,
    • Be distinguished by exceptional accomplishments in academics, the arts, athletics, business, community service, the environment, human rights, justice, law, medicine, research, science, or technology,
    • Demonstrate a strength of character and service to humanity that go beyond the boundary of career,
    • Be available by phone, email, or in person for interview by the selection committee,
    • Attend the Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony and interact with CHS students in a class, forum, seminar, or assembly,
    • Submit a current photo.

     Nominations POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY 1, 2022

    A complete application includes the Nominating Form and

    a minimum 200-word Nominating Statement.

    Incomplete packets will not be accepted.

    A candidate may be considered for no more than two nominating cycles.

    If, in a given cycle, no candidate meets the nominating criteria, a selection will not be made.


    1. Online at https://forms.gle/DcuMEbQ8rQL4Jk6KA
    2. Via U.S. mail or email (include Nomination Form and a minimum 200-word Nominating Statement to: 

                            Dr. Moses Cheng, Superintendent   mcheng@d94.org 

                            Community High School District 94

                            157 W. Washington Street, West Chicago, IL  60185

    Questions? Please call Sherry Bowne at (630) 890-9716 or email at sherrybowne@gmail.com.

    Previous Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award winners:
     2008 Kirk Johnson  Class of 1998 Human Rights  Founded non-profit The List Project to relocate Iraqi War translators and their families.
     2009 Pam Kuhl Davis Class of 1967  Justice Initiated FBI investigation into Gov. Rod Blagojevich corruption scandal, CEO Edward Hospital.
     2010 Michael Lach Class of 1986  Education Founding member of Teach for America and official in U.S. Dept. of Education Race to the Top initiative.
     2010 Tom Marziani Class of 1943  Entrepreneurship Lifetime devotion to economic and community development of West Chicago.
     2011  Butch Hansen Class of 1955 Education Lifetime personal and professional commitment to CHS students and staff.
     2011 Scott Dierking Class of 1973  Athletics Brought national acclaim to CHS as a running back for Purdue University and the New York Jets.
     2014 Beth Barrett Class of 1986 Visual Arts Building bridges of cultural tolerance and understanding through international film.
     2015 Ray Stejskal Class of 1982 Community Service Uses his celebrity status as Ramblin' Ray Stevens on country radio US 99.5 to serve on not-for-profit boards of trustees and raise money for charities.
     2016 Chris Voelz Class of 1966 Athletics Co-authored the NCAA Guidelines for Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics in 1992, rose to leadership positions at the university level, and was named one of the most influential people in sports in the nation by Sports Fitness Magazine.
    2018 Bruce Guevara Class of 2006 Entrepreneurship Started his own business at age 26, training children, teens, adults, and police officers in the safe restraint and escape techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
    2018 Don Stockton Class of 1979 Academic Leadership With his personal commitment to see all students succeed and vital support staff advance to faculty positions, Superintendent Stockton initiated programs that catapulted Conroe Independent School District to the 13th largest in Texas and the 65th largest in the nation.
    2019 Abe Mashal Class of 1998 Justice Abe Mashal is a successful entrepreneur who was put on the FBI's No-Fly List in 2010 presumably due to his Muslim religion. Refusing to serve as an informant to get off the list, Abe instead enlisted the ACLU to assist other victims, winning their case in 2014. 
    2019 Rachel Moguel Class of 2003 Immigration Law As a 5 year old immigrant child arriving in the U.S. in 1991, Rachel saw first hand the fears of children during ICE raids and family separations. Focusing on schoolwork to forget her fears, Rachel's dedication earned her entrance to the University of Wisconsin. Rachel became an immigration law attorney in 2010 and opened her own law firm in 2011, advocating for lawful status for her clients and family unification.