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Four Andrew Alumni Inducted into Legacy Hall

The District 230 Foundation recently added 11 members to the distinguished list of alumni who inspire current students and remind them of all that is possible when you have the support of the D230 community. Legacy Hall was established to recognize and honor graduates from Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools who make an impact in their careers, their families and their communities.

Since 2008, the Foundation has been proud to recognize alumni from District 230 for their outstanding contributions in eight different categories: Education and Humanities - Science and Technology - Philanthropy and Non-Profit - Arts and Entertainment - Sports and Recreation - Business and Commerce - Government and Military - Community and Volunteerism

To be selected for Legacy Hall, candidates must not only be recognized for their careers, but also demonstrate a willingness to give back to their communities and to share their expertise, knowledge, and time with others. As part of Legacy Hall, candidates are able to return to their alma maters, and share the story of their careers with the students of District 230. The Foundation hopes and believes they will have a lasting impact on students’ paths in the future, creating the future generation of Legacy Hall inductees.

Congratulations Andrew High School Legacy Hall Class of 2022: 

Carie Ganser

When Carolyn “Carie” Ganser was a student in the Special Education Program at Andrew High School, there were no athletic programs available to her. So she would stand on the sidelines and cheer when her older brother, Brian, played football and her younger sister, Katie, played softball. 

It was after graduation that Carie ran across the Orland Park Special Recreation Volleyball League. She immediately loved it AND she was good at it! Carie’s confidence soared. 

She tried more sports in the Special Recreation Program. Then she started competing in the Special Olympics. She ran track, played basketball, tried powerlifting and many other events. Carie flourished as an athlete and has earned well over 100 medals - many of them GOLD! 

Carie was invited to become a Global Messenger for the Special Olympics. She wrote her own speeches and delivered them to corporate sponsors and donors. She gave interviews on television and radio. She traveled and became well known for her effective speeches.

Carie became the first athlete to serve on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Illinois. 

In 2002, Carie served as honorary coach when the Chicago Bears played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. She got to do the coin toss and stay on the field for the whole game. She was also given the opportunity to open the Special Olympics Summer Games at Illinois State University. 

Carie also works for Jewel-Osco. She started as a service clerk and has been there for 28 years. She is adored by all of her customers because of her smile and positive attitude. 

Carie leads by example and encourages others to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals.

 

SMSgt John F. Kinsella III 

Senior Master Sergeant John Kinsella’s accomplishments span the categories of Education, Military, and Music. He graduated from Andrew High School in 1995 having earned vocal and instrumental recognition in choir and band.

After high school, he attended Northwestern University to study Music Education and Tuba. Sergeant Kinsella was an instrumentalist for the 1997 Disney All-American College Band in Walt Disney World, FL. 

Since the fall of 1999, Sergeant Kinsella has been the band teacher at Jerling Junior High School in Orland Park where he is known to his students as “Bandmaster K.” His talent, enthusiasm, and dedication have inspired generations of musicians. Students, under his direction, performed ceremonial music for then U.S. Senator, Barack Obama.  Sergeant Kinsella also spent 4 years as Assistant Band Director at Carl Sandburg High School for marching, jazz, and pep bands.  

Sergeant Kinsella is the resident military expert for District 135 and coordinates assemblies to honor military members and veterans.  Sergeant Kinsella served in the Illinois Air National Guard from May 2000 to January 2022 at the 182nd Airlift Wing, in the 566th Air Force Band, the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest, as an instrumentalist. He has earned nearly 2 dozen military awards including the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.

He continues to directly impact the lives of our community whether he is playing Taps at Lincoln National Cemetery for families of veterans, performing concerts with his wife on their front porch during Covid lockdowns, or being principal tuba in the Chicago Area Educators Orchestra, the Naperville Winds and the Wheaton Municipal Band.

 

Colleen Reaney

Colleen Reaney is in love with education. She has a gift for analyzing problems and finding solutions, particularly in the fields of education and business. She possesses an eagerness and readiness to tackle challenges, especially when it comes to the quality of education for others. She has an exceptional level of enthusiasm and energy for teaching, mentoring, and encouraging others to create and pursue their personal and professional goals.

Colleen graduated from Andrew High School in 1997 and went on to receive her B.A. in Speech Communications from Eastern Illinois University, her M.A. in Communications, Training and Development from Governors State University, and a doctoral degree from DePaul University in Curricular Studies. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago, focusing her dissertation research on defining external partnerships for higher education institutions.

Colleen recently became the Director of the Tillman Leadership Institute at The Pat Tillman Foundation dedicated to uniting and empowering remarkable military service members, veterans, and spouses as the next generation of leaders, committed to service beyond self.  Prior to that, she was Director of the Executive and Professional Education Center at Loyola University in Chicago, where she taught and served as an administrator. 

Colleen was invited to speak at Harvard University, has written several articles for the Huffington Post website, and named among the “Notable Women in Education” by Crain’s Business Media in 2018.

Lisa Vucsko 

Lisa Vucsko is a 1990 graduate of Andrew High School. During her time as a T-Bolt, Lisa played on the volleyball, basketball, and Powder Puff football teams. She carried those experiences as a fair competitor and team player into her successful career in journalism. 

Lisa has been the Assistant News Director/Managing Editor of WFLD-Fox Chicago for 14 years. She started there as a field producer shortly after graduating from University of Illinois. She worked her way up to #2 in command of the newsroom. Although her boss, the News Director, will tell you LISA is the one in charge.

In her quest to get the news on her station first, she is always fair and devoted to accuracy. She goes the extra mile to do the research, find a reporter who will tell the story the right way, and give the assignment.  In this role, she acts as producer, news gatherer, fact finder, writer, assignment editor…and boss. 

Lisa is dialed in 24/7 and has a natural nose for news. She books most of the interviews that air on Fox 32 Chicago. She monitors news outlets to quickly identify and assign coverage of breaking news stories and ensure content integrity.

Lisa has planned and led news coverage for major events in Chicago including election nights, World Series games, Stanley Cup coverage and celebrations for nearly 2 decades.

She is the winner of several awards through her work at WFLD Fox Chicago – including a Peabody Award, Edward R. Murrow award and several Emmys.