Each year, the students and parents of Peace are recognized and celebrated for their accomplishments in the areas of academics, all school honors and athletics. Queen of Peace acknowledges how these girls individual talents create a rich, vibrant community and learning environment for themselves and others that further exemplify our Dominican values. The awards assembly allows us to honor the proud, capable, confident and committed Women of Peace.
Congratulations to the following Seniors for receiving Queen of Peace special honors:
IZABELA PARAGA - VALEDICTORIAN (pictured on right)
The valedictorian is determined during the second semester of her senior year using information based on GPA, rigor of schedule and academic achievement.
Izabela is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Mathematics Honor Society) and also served one term as President, President’s Leadership Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Student Council, Peace Ambassadors and Campus Ministry. In addition, she is an Illinois State Scholar and a St. Catherine of Siena Scholar. She has been awarded the Rensselaer Medal for Mathematics and Science, Cook County Sheriff’s Youth Service Medal of Honor and the Vicariate V Youth Leadership Award. In her spare time Izabela attended the Dominican Preaching Conference and Illinois Leadership Seminar. For the last 14 years she has danced in the Stepinac Croatian Folklore Dance Group and serves as a member of the Oak Lawn Police Department Peer Jury. Izabela has chosen to attend American University in Washington, D.C.
Krysta Buche - Salutatorian
The salutatorian is determined during the second semester of her senior year using information based on GPA, rigor of schedule and academic achievement. The difference between valedictorian and salutatorian is measured in hundredths.
Krysta has participated in National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and President’s Leadership Society. For the past four years, she has also been an active member of Student Council, Peace Ambassadors and the Math Team. In addition, Krysta is an Illinois State Scholar and a St. Catherine of Siena Scholar, a member of the Society of Women Engineers and plays golf and soccer, where she was recently named GCAC Player of the Year. In her spare time, Krysta participates in and leads retreats for the TRAIN Youth Group. For the past several years Krysta has been a caddie at the Beverly Country Club and is the proud recipient of the Chick Evans Scholarship that she will take with her to the University of Notre Dame.
Katlyn Carrington - Principal's Leadership Award
The Principal's Leadership award is based on the criteria of the Queen of Peace mission. Our mission speaks to inspiring academic excellence through collaboration, moral and ethical leadership, service and a passion for peace and justice.
Katlyn received the Principal’s Leadership Award based on living out the Queen of Peace mission of inspiring academic excellence through collaboration, moral and ethical leadership, service and a passion for peace and justice. Katlyn is a great example of leadership, strength, intelligence and grace and displays the Dominican values on a daily basis. She is the student body President, an athlete (volleyball, softball and basketball) and active member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Campus Ministry, Peace Ambassadors and a St. Catherine of Siena Scholar. Katlyn will attend the University of Illinois in the fall.
Maddie Johnson - Woman of Peace
The Woman of Peace award was instituted as a means to recognize the senior who emulates all of the qualities and characteristics that we hope are at the core of each and every graduate, but who truly stands out as a Woman of Peace.
Maddie has a proven dedication to academics, the community and her faith bridled with unmatched energy and enthusiasm. She has immersed herself into the Peace community through many co-curricular organizations and activities most notably National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Math team, Nazareth Farm service trip, Veritas retreat leader, Robotics team member, yearbook and the face of WQOP every Friday morning. Her teachers have noted that she lives the Dominican values fearlessly in full view for others to see. Maddie is headed to Wheaton College this fall.