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Maritsa Romero Named April Student of the Month

West Chicago Community High School has selected Maritsa Romero of West Chicago as Student of the Month for April 2023. Maritsa was selected by her teacher who said, “Maritsa is a talented student leader who enthusiastically treats each challenge and perpetually puts forth her best effort, even when the most difficult tasks confront her.  These high standards she sets for herself consistently epitomize the principles of not only a successful student but also a dynamic leader in her community.

Maritsa, a senior, has been on Regular or High Honor Roll every semester at WCCHS, earning a cumulative weighted grade point average (GPA) of 4.980. She is a member of the Foreign Language Honor Society and the National Honor Society where she has received the Merit Award. She has also received the Blue Ribbon Award for Outstanding Effort in Mathematics and the Seal for Biliteracy. She has been an Ambassador, a member of Student Council, a member of Pep Club and is one of the captains on the Badminton team.

Throughout the year, Maritsa volunteers with organizations like The Northern IL Food Bank and Feed My Starving Children; as well as events like WeGo Spooky and Breakfast with Santa. She has also volunteered the Turner and Currier Elementary School holiday events, distributing food to their families. Maritsa currently works part-time at Classic Cinemas.


One of my favorite high school memories would have to be last year during homecoming week,” said Maritsa. “There were a variety of events throughout the week and it allowed me to socialize and meet new people. Not only that but I felt more connected to the school and the community. Whether it was by playing during the powder puff game, prepping for the pep assembly, or walking in the parade. I knew those moments would be the last I would be spending with many of my peers so I made sure to cherish every moment of it.


Maritsa has this advice for future Wildcats, “It is no joke when you get told that these four years will fly by so cherish and appreciate everyone and every moment. You can have fun while also focusing on your education. Be yourself, meet new people, get involved, and build bonds with your teachers! Also, keep in mind to manage your time and your work. Don´t be up [until] 3 am saving the city as a masked hero or as some like to say ¨I was up doing homework¨. Overall, don't be afraid to put yourself out there and embrace curiosity towards your educational journey. 


After graduation, Maritsa will attend Illinois State University to major in Elementary Education- Bilingual/Bicultural Education.