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Indian Prairie District 204 seeks inspirational alumni



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Distinguished alumni

Waubonsie Valley

Dawn Marie Schaible – manager of the Systems Engineering Office for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center at the Langley Research Center

Dr. Mark Pankuch — director of medical physics and dosimetry

Cynthia (Curry) Bell — won a Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching

Parvesh Cheena (1997) — actor currently with reoccurring character, Jerry, on “Sean Saves the World”

Paul Konrad — weathercaster/report with “WGN-TV Morning News” team. He has won seven Emmy Awards

Neuqua Valley

Brittany Bock – professional soccer player with Los Angeles Sol and the Sky Blue FC

Babatunde Oshinowo – former NFL defensive tackle; founded a Web hosting and design solution company

Danielle Panabaker — actress “Yours, Mine, and Ours,” “Sky High,” “Friday the 13th” and “Mr. Brooks”

Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton — retired WNBA player

Josh Johnson – jazz musician and one of seven musicians selected for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance

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Updated: January 27, 2014 11:56AM

When it comes to famous Indian Prairie School District 204 alumni, Olympic gold medalist/figure skater Evan Lysacek (Neuqua Valley ’03) and Cubs pitcher Michael Bowden (Waubonsie Valley ’05) often come to mind.

But Indian Prairie Education Foundation Executive Director Susan Rasmus knows they are just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to alumni who’ve excelled after graduation.

Rasmus is looking to recognize the accomplishments and inspirational stories of Indian Prairie graduates as part of the foundation’s 25th Anniversary Celebration on March 21.

“We are looking for graduates who exemplify the mission of District 204, to inspire all students to reach their greatest potential. We’d like to celebrate those who are well on their way to doing exactly that,” Rasmus said.

“Our goal is to share those stories, both past and present, as part of our 25th Anniversary Celebration,” Rasmus said. “We know we can never even begin to tell all the great stories that are out there, but we’d like to shine the spotlight on a few. They are great examples of our current students of what’s possible.”

Not only are the stories inspirational to the community, but they are a great way to encourage students and show them what can be done.

Nominations are accepted by filling out the form at The deadline to submit names is Jan. 10.

“We’ve already received some incredible nominations, alumni who have excelled in their chosen fields of study, athletics or the arts, as well as made incredible contributions back to society. Those are some of the stories that touch me the most, graduates from 204 who are now finding ways to give back and make a positive impact on so many lives around the world,” Rasmus said.

The 25th Anniversary Celebration is planned March 21 in Wentz Hall of North Central College in Naperville. In addition to spotlighting the District 204 success stories, the evening will feature special performances from the nationally acclaimed music programs from Metea, Neuqua and Waubonsie Valley high Schools.

The Indian Prairie Educational Foundation also will have the chance to show what it does for the Indian Prairie community that night.

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