Highland Park Patch Honors Graduating Seniors In Class Of 2020

Jonah Meadows

HIGHLAND PARK, IL — Patch is sharing the achievements of local high school graduates by putting them in the spotlight this month. Due to the coronavirus, in-person classroom teaching and extracurricular gatherings have been canceled for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year in Illinois.

We know these wonderful seniors are missing out on some of the last moments of the school year and we hope to give the community a way to share their pride in our class of 2020 high school graduates.

Here is the second group of graduating high school seniors we're featuring from the historic class of 2020:

Sydney Feldman, Highland Park High School

Feldman, who plans to pursue a degree in theater performance from Chapman University in California, was an executive board member of the HPHS Student Senate, an organizer for the school's annual charity drive and an ensemble member with Playback Theatre, according to her family.

Message from family: "We are so proud of all your accomplishments and admire your resilience and positive outlook during this challenging time. We celebrate you and are so excited for your next journey! Much love, Mom, Dad, Ben & Daniel"

Holly Gussis, Highland Park High School

Gussis was co-founder and president of HP Med Ed, a figure skater and a captained the field hockey team in her senior year at HPHS, according to her family. She plans to study biomedical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

(Courtesy Stuart-Rodgers Photography)

Message from family: "Holly, you are beautiful inside and out. Keep enjoying everything you do, more wonderful times lie ahead."

Zoe Hayman, Highland Park High School

Hayman, who plans to study communications at Colorado State University, was involved in played basketball and soccer and was involved in theater during high school, according to her family.

Message from family: "Congratulations Zoe! We are so excited for your new adventure! Love, Mom, Dad, Jed and Zoe"

Samara Michael, Highland Park High School

Michael, who plans to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, played tennis and guitar and was a charity drive chair at HPHS, according to her family.

Message from family: "Samara- we have loved watching you grow into the ambitious, creative and sensible woman you are. We know your future is bright. We are so proud of you. We love you! Mom and Dad"

Halle Michael, Highland Park High School

Michael, who plans to attend the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, played tennis and piano and took part in mock trial during high school, according to her family.

Message from family: "Halle- we are so proud of you. You have achieved everything you wanted through hard work and belief in yourself. We are going to miss your smile and fun personality. Your future will shine as bright as you do. We love you! Mom and Dad"

Rachel Bringas, Highland Park High School

Bringas, who plans to attend Northeastern University, was a four-year varsity athlete in gymnastics and diving, a student tutor and student advisory board member, camp counselor and lifeguard, according to her family.

Message from family: "Rachel, we have watched you attack your high school career with passion and you have been an inspiration with your drive and your organization, always juggling many projects and deadlines. Like all seniors, we know this was not the way you wanted to end your senior year, but we know you embrace the bigger picture and someday you'll reflect on this unusual and disappointing bump in the road. You're loved more than could ever be expressed and we wish you nothing but happiness as you embark on this next phase of your life."

Sophie Draluck, Highland Park High School

Draluck, who founded the organization Cycle Forward and plans to study international studies and business at the University of Pennsylvania, was the president of the mock trial team and co-president of the Giant Buddies program at HPHS, according to her family. She was also the first junior trustee on the 112 Education Foundation board and a student representative on Highland Park's Business and Economic Development Advisory Group.

(Courtesy Stuart-Rodgers Photography)

Message from family: "Congratulations Sophie! We are so proud of you and your accomplishments, and no amount of coronavirus could diminish the impact you have made on your school and community! Looking forward to your next chapter! Love, Mom, Dad & Jake"

Shayli Rose Ugolini, Highland Park High School

Ugolini, who is a member of a dance team in Chicago, plans to take a gap year to dance, study art and psychology and potentially travel to Israel. She also continues to raise money for breast cancer organizations and takes part in a variety of charity events throughout the year, according to her family.

Message from family: "Shayli we are so very proud of you. We have seen you overcome many obstacles and your perseverance is inspiring. We love you so much and know that you will be outstanding at anything you choose."

Julia Kanter, Highland Park High School

Kanter, who plans to attend the University of Michigan, was on the Poms team, the Collage dance company and secretary of the senior class at HPHS. She also volunteers to teach dance with Working Together HP and founded a jewelry company to sell jewelry she produces, according to her family.

(Courtesy Kanter family)

Message from family: "Julia, Congratulations to our graduate! We could not be more proud of you. You always put 100%+ effort into everything you do, and it shows in all of your successes in the classroom, on the dance floor, and in all of your creative endeavors. We know this is not at all how you envisioned your senior year, but we know that this is just another hurdle that you will soar over. We can't wait to see what you do in your next chapter. We love you! Mom, Dad & Jared"

David Moore, Highland Park High School

Moore, who plans to attend Purdue University, is an Eagle Scout who was involved with marching band and robotics at HPHS, according to his family.

Message from family: "Congratulations on all your hard work David!"

Sasha Preskill, Highland Park High School

Preskill, who plans to study music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, played harp, produced art and was a member of the National Honor Society in high school, according to her family.

(Courtesy Preskill family)

Message from family: "Congratulations, Sasha! Your future is bright! Love, Mom, Dad, and Lilly"

Sarah Dry, Highland Park High School

Dry, who intends to attend Tulane University and study to become a child life specialist, was a member of the student board, the poms team, Giant Buddies, a Link Crew leader and a peer mentor, according to her family.

Message from family: "Congrats on your graduation! We are so proud of you! We love you! Mom, Dad and Noah"

Taylor Bondy, Highland Park High School

Bondy plans to attend the University of Texas in the fall, according to his family.

Message from family: "Taylor- We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments at Highland Park High School. Have the best next four years at Texas. We love you! Love, Mom, Dad, and Parker."

Sophie Salinas, Highland Park High School

Salinas plans to attend Indiana University at Bloomington in the fall, according to her family.

Message from family: "Dear Sophie, congratulations on your graduation from HPHS. We are so proud of you. Keep reaching for the stars. We love you! Mom, Dad, Ian & Oren"

Charlie Kleiman, Highland Park High School

Kleiman, who plans to study physical education at DePaul University and continue to train with Chicago Style Wrestling, played four years of football and competing in track and field for four years at HPHS, according to his family. He was throws captain for two years, a nominee to the Central Suburban League leadership counsel and the first ever four-time Giant of the Meet winner.

(Courtesy Kleiman family)

Message from family: "Congratulations Charlie! You are going on to be a Blue Devil, but you will always be a Giant wherever you are!"

Earlier: Highland Park Patch Honors Graduating Seniors In Class Of 2020 (Part 1)

Patch congratulates the entire class of 2020. Submissions are presented in the order they were received. To add another local graduate to the list, fill out the form here.

This article originally appeared on the Highland Park Patch