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Students prepare to address their fellow
members of Willowbrook’s Class of 2018


Two Villa Park residents will speak during
Sunday’s graduation service


By Chris Fox
LOMBARDIAN-VILLA PARK REVIEW STAFF REPORTER
Villa Park residents Noah Kamm and Maria Luz Alcala will
address their fellow members of Willowbrook High School’s
Class of 2018 during Sunday afternoon’s commencement ceremony
in the school’s main gymnasium.
There are about 500 students in this year’s graduating class
at the Villa Park school.
“I’m really happy and honored to be able to do this,” said
Kamm, the son of Eric and Lesli Kamm. “It’s just exciting to be
able to represent all these people.”
“I’m just really excited to speak to everyone,” said Alcala,
the daughter of Avelino and Carmela Alcala. “I hope they all
understand where I’m coming from.”
Kamm, who attended Jackson Middle School before Willowbrook,
recently gave a preview of what he would say at
Sunday’s ceremony.
“The whole theme of the speech is taking risks, and basically
celebrating doing things that are kind of outside the box,” said
Kamm.
Alcala, who attended Jefferson Middle School prior to arriving
at Willowbrook, also provided a preview of her speech.
“It’s mainly about all the accomplishments we’ve done
throughout high school, and how we’re going to take those into
our future, regardless of what we do,” said Alcala.
When asked to describe what lessons they have learned in
their time at Willowbrook, both Alcala and Kamm touched on
the importance of getting involved and trying new things.
“One of the lessons I’ve learned is basically, just be involved,”
Alcala said. “Take risks. Don’t be afraid to join different
things, even if that’s not what you’ve been doing before. It
just helps you discover yourself.”
“I can second that,” added Kamm. “You can do a lot of different
things and put yourself out there in as many different ways
as possible, because you might find something that sticks.”
Kamm, who maintained a class ranking within the top 1
percent of Willowbrook’s Class of 2018, will graduate having
completed 15 Advanced Placement (AP) college-level courses.
He has been named to the school’s Distinction Honor Roll
in each of his semesters at Willowbrook. Kamm is a member
of Science Olympiad, Scholastic Bowl, the chess club and the
school newspaper. He is also a member of the school’s math
team, jazz band and marching band.
Alcala, who has served as the school’s student council president,
is a member of Willowbrook’s social studies honor society—
Civitas. She’s also a member of the Hispanic Leadership
Club, and was recently named as the career and technical education
department’s most outstanding student. Alcala has participated
in several sports during her four years at Willowbrook.
She’s been a member of the badminton program for four years,
earning athletic and academic all-conference honors in the West
Suburban Gold Conference.
Kamm will attend Case Western Reserve University in
Cleveland, Ohio. He intends to study mathematics and physics,
with plans to become a research mathematician.
Alcala will attend the University of Iowa, where she will
study business management with a minor in Spanish. She will
pursue a pre-law track, with the goal of pursuing a career as a
lawyer or a law enforcement official.




Conroy hopes to ban non-disclosure clauses

To allow victims of childhood
sexual abuse to speak out about their
abuse and abuser, state Rep. Deb
Conroy, D-Villa Park, is sponsoring a
measure that will ban non-disclosure
clauses in settlement agreements that
prevent a survivor from speaking out.
“Victims of sexual abuse should
not be further victimized by being
forced into silence. They deserve to
tell their stories if that’s what they
choose to do,” said Conroy. “It is so
important for sexual abuse survivors
to have the ability to speak out as part
of their own healing process and as
a way to help prevent future abuse.
This is especially true when the victim
is a child at the time of abuse.”
House Bill 4752 ensures that no
settlement agreement in civil lawsuits
involving childhood sexual
abuse includes confidentiality or
non-disclosure provisions that are
binding on the victim, effectively
preventing a sexual abuse survivor
from speaking about their abuse.
Currently, the state of Illinois
has no law on such agreements. The
bill would allow underage victims
of sexual abuse to disclose and discuss
the abuse they were subjected
to in an effort to raise awareness and
prevent further abuses by the same
abuse. This bill has been named the
“The Aly Raisman Act,” in honor of
Raisman speaking out as one of the
victims of sexual abuse by former
Olympic team physician Larry Nassar.
“It has been heartbreaking to learn
that so many victims of sexual assault
have been silenced because of legal
loopholes that are used to protect
abusers,” Conroy added. “Our legislature
should stand up for victims
and ensure that no one is silenced. I
urge my colleagues to vote in support
of this bill.”




Cullerton on board to merge election
commission, clerk’s office


Villa Park Democrat Tom Cullerton
is working to ensure government
in DuPage County is as efficient as
possible and no bigger than necessary.
According to DuPage County,
Cullerton’s House Bill 5123 would
help create at least $300,000 a year
in taxpayer savings by allowing the
county to merge its county board
of election commissioners with the
county clerk’s office.
“Eliminating redundant functions
of government saves valuable tax dollars
and leads to lower property tax
bills,” Cullerton said. “This measure
will empower the people of DuPage
County to make active decisions on
how government will work for them.
This is a win for everyone involved.”
The bill would require an ordinance
or resolution from the county
board to dissolve a county board of
election commissioners. Most election
authorities are run through the
county clerk’s office and DuPage is
one of only two counties in Illinois
that currently has a board of election
commissioners at the county level.
Cullerton said the DuPage County
Election Commission has had issues
the last few elections which increases
the need for the measure.
House Bill 5123 is a measure supported
by the DuPage County Board,
Better Government Association, Metropolitan
Planning Council and the
city of Aurora.
“Senator Tom Cullerton has been
a leader on consolidation issues that
have saved the taxpayers of DuPage
County millions,” said Dan Cronin,
chairman of the DuPage County
Board.
In March, voters in DuPage approved
a nonbinding referendum,
with 56 percent, to merge the DuPage
County Election Commission with
the DuPage County Clerk’s Office.
House Bill 5123 passed the Senate’s
Executive Committee with bipartisan
support and now moves to
the full Senate for consideration.




Bond set for Glenbard East volunteer charged with
criminal sexual assault of a student


DuPage County State’s Attorney
Robert Berlin announced Monday that
bond has been set for a Glenbard
East High School volunteer intern accused
of having an inappropriate
sexual relationship with a
17-year-old student.
Elizabeth Flint appeared in
Bond Court Monday morning
where Judge Else set bond in
the amount of $50,000 with
10 percent to apply. Flint has
been charged with one count of
criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony.
Flint was a volunteer
intern at Glenbard East High
School. It is alleged that on
three occasions Flint sexually
assaulted the minor at her
home. It is further alleged the
assaults all occurred in April.
The assaults were uncovered
when school personnel grew
suspicious of Flint’s behavior
and alerted school authorities.
School authorities in turn then
contacted the DuPage County
Children’s Center, resulting in
today’s charges.
“The allegations against
Ms. Flint are, simply put,
disgusting,” Berlin said. “It
is alleged that she used her
position of trust and authority
to sexually assault a minor
student on three separate
occasions. This type of
abhorrent behavior will not be
tolerated.
“I would first like to
thank school personnel
and authorities at Glenbard
East High School for their
cooperation in this matter.
I would like to thank the
DuPage County Children’s
Center, particularly Director
Pat Dempsey and Investigator
Boris Vrbos, for their work not
only in this case but for their
continued efforts protecting
society’s most vulnerable—our
children.
“I would also like to thank
Assistant State’s Attorney
Tom Minser for his work in
preparing a strong case against
Ms. Flint.”
Flint is scheduled to appear
in court on June 4.




Villa Park briefs

Villa Park Public Library to
hold groundbreaking on Saturday

The Villa Park Public Library will hold a groundbreaking event on Saturday,
May 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. A ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday’s event is celebrating the construction and renovation project at
the library, which is located at 305 S. Ardmore Ave. Light refreshments will
be served following the ceremony. For more information, contact Carolyn
Turner at 630-834-1164, or at cturner@vppl.info.

Villa Park Police Department invites
residents to Saturday’s open house

The Villa Park Police Department will host an open house event from 11
a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. The event will begin with a silent
parade from Ardmore Avenue and Park Boulevard, heading northbound on
Ardmore to the police department. The open house will feature tours of the
police station at 40 S. Ardmore Ave. The event will also feature various safety
booths and presentations.







 
   
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