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Teachers organization presents nine scholarships to H-F grads

The Homewood-Flossmoor Education Organization awarded nine $500 scholarships to graduating seniors at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

The HFEO is the teachers union representing more than 200 teachers and instructional assistants. The scholarship is funded by donations from current and former union members. This year HFEO teamed with the Flossmoor Education Association to present a scholarship to a student who graduated from District 161.

The HFEO Service Award was presented to Alex Barerra who will attend the University of Michigan. He was selected for his participation and involvement in community service both inside and outside of school.


The HFEO Future Teacher Award was presented to five seniors who will be education majors in college. Recipients are Jack Calomino attending Illinois State University; Joselyn Singleton, attending Illinois State University; Cailyn Brookens attending Michigan State University; Hannah Hunter attending Howard University; and Ellery Homrich attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The HFEO Outstanding Senior Award was presented to Zora Shannon who will attending the University of Illinois at Chicago and Vander Santoro, school not provided. They were selected from teacher nominations. Criteria was that by the students actively participating, questioning and engaging in the course they improved the overall academic environment of the classroom and enriched the experiences of other students.

“This year’s recipients are natural leaders and compassionate young adults who have made a profound impact through their genuine care and compassionate understanding for the students they interact with,” said Dana Noble, president of HFEO.

The joint HFEO/Flossmoor Education Association scholarship went to Sam Calhoon who graduated from Parker Junior High, and H-F and will be a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursuing a degree in music education so that he can spread “joy through music,” Noble said. 

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