Eight stellar alumni inducted into District 230 Foundation Legacy Hall
The District 230 Foundation recently added eight members to its 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
The six inductees in attendance for the Class of 2023 Legacy Hall Induction. (Left to right) Badie Ali, Natalie O’Boye, Dr. Lindsay Sicks, Bridget Evans, Michael Schofield and Kendall Coyne Schofield. The induction ceremony was packed with friends, family and District 230 staff helping to recognize and honor the talents and achievements of the inductees.
Dr. Souzan Naser (left) accepts her award from District 230 Foundation President Ann Oliver. A 1995 graduate from Stagg High School, Naser is an associate professor and counselor at Moraine Valley Community College, where she has won awards for her work on increasing diversity on campus.
Badie Ali, (center) a Class of 2000 graduate of Sandburg, is surrounded by friends and family as he accepts his Legacy Hall award. Ali is the Executive Vice President of Chicago-based MPI Media Group, an independent entertainment company. He has also been an advocate for the Orland Park Community for the past 17 years and one of the co-founders of Orland Park Prayer Center.
Badie Ali, a Class of 2000 graduate of Sandburg, is surrounded by friends and family as he accepts his Legacy Hall award. Ali is the Executive Vice President of Chicago-based MPI Media Group, an independent entertainment company. He has also been an advocate for the Orland Park Community for the past 17 years and one of the co-founders of Orland Park Prayer Center.
Emily Cavanagh is an independent artist, performing, writing and bringing music to marginalized communities. She founded "A Song for You,” writing, recording and sending personalized songs to patients and families in hospice and hospital. What began as a small initiative has grown beyond the pandemic into its own non-profit organization. Cavanagh is a 2000 graduate of Stagg High School.
Kendall Coyne Schofield is known as "the fastest woman in hockey.” A member of the United States Women’s National Hockey team, she has captured 24 medals in International competitions and competed in three Winter Olympic games, winning Gold in 2018 and Silver Medals in 2014 and 2022. She is only the second woman to serve as an analyst for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and was hired by the Chicago Blackhawks as the first female Player Development Coach and Special Events Coordinator. She graduated from Sandburg High School in 2010.
Bridget Evans graduated from Carl Sandburg High School in 2006 with her service dog, Coal, by her side. Bridget was born with spina bifida, a spine-related birth defect that impairs her mobility. In 2010, while studying at the University of Illinois, she founded Illini Service Dogs, an organization that allows students to foster and train service dogs and provides dogs to people for free. Bridget is now a Patient Safety Specialist at a company dedicated to the delivery of data-driven patient care.
Dr. Souzan Naser is a professor and counselor at Moraine Valley Community College. She is an integral member of the Celebrating Diversity Task Force where she helped organize and moderate a panel on interfaith dialogue that stressed the importance of understanding the traditions and rituals of various religions. She is also an active participant in Women’s History Month and facilitates sexual assault prevention workshops. As board president of the Arab American Action Network, she co-directs the strategy and vision of the organization and supports the mental health needs of Arab and Muslim youth.
Natalie Olson O’Boye is a Special Education Vocational Coordinator at Shepard High School, where she works with more than 100 students to develop skills that help them obtain and maintain competitive employment. She established two on-campus micro-businesses run by Special Education students. O’Boye is a 2000 graduate of Sandburg High School.
Michael Schofield was drafted by the Broncos in the 2014 NFL draft. Michael has also been a team member of the Los Angeles Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Baltimore Ravens, and the Chicago Bears. He is one of the founders of the Schofield Family Foundation, which provides support to the military, first responders, families, and youth sports. Michael has also served as a volunteer coach for Sandburg football. He is a 2009 graduate of Sandburg High School.
Dr. Lindsay Sicks received her Doctor of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2010 and went on to complete a residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. Dr. Sicks serves as an attending optometrist in the Cornea Center for Clinical Excellence. She is involved in the training of students in specialty contact lenses and ophthalmic surgical procedures. She graduated from Sandburg High School in 2002.