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Congratulations, Good Citizens Award Winners

WHEATON, Ill. – Each year, the Wheaton Community Relations Commission puts a call out to Wheaton residents to nominate others who serve as examples of what it means to be a good citizen. And just like in years past, the community found plenty of individuals to highlight for their service to the community, dedication to others and spirit of giving back.

The Wheaton Community Relations Commission honored the following residents with the 2017 Good Citizens Award:

Melissa Kraman, a Wheaton Warrenville South High School student, serves as a student leader and role model; is co-president of Key Club service organization; and she created and led community service events in support of adults with special needs.

Barbara Intihar received this award for community service far beyond her many years of service on Community Unit School District 200’s Board of Education. She also provides committed, active service to Literacy DuPage and the Arrowhead Homeowner’s Association, and she has left a positive impact on our students and community.

Janice Popp provides services to local refugees through volunteering with Repeat Boutique, helping them adjust to life in the US.

Thomas Roderick is a Wheaton North volunteer math teacher assistant and student math tutor. He is also a track meet volunteer for Wheaton Warrenville South High School and Wheaton North, and he is a volunteer driver for People’s Resource Center.

Mark Hannan received this award for his service to and positive impact on Wheaton Warrenville South High School students well above and beyond his role as student supervisor.

Joseph Grussenmeyer built more than 100 gardens with The GardenWorks Project, which helps to provide fresh food to local families and food pantries.

Jennifer Merck received this award for her extensive community service as a school volunteer and student supporter.

Sisters Sara Algawerash and Selam Algawerash lead year-round after school programs for children and teens at Marian Park, providing fun activities and teaching the importance of education and good character.

Mark and Nancy Kempe received this award for being all-around good neighbors who’ve eased the transition of a new resident from West Virginia. They also perform major yard chores and numerous other good deeds for neighbors.

Dr. Anna Orland teaches dental health and hygiene to Wheaton elementary school students and provides free dental care to some who cannot afford it.