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2022 Highland  Park Awards Recipients

2022 City of Highland Park Awards Recipients Announced
Award recipients will be honored at an in-person award ceremony on April 5

March 29, 2022 – The City of Highland Park is pleased to announce the 2022 Highland Park Awards recipients. Presented annually, the awards recognize those who have made positive, sustained, and impactful contributions to the community in their respective category. The Arts Award, Environmental Award, Humanitarian Award, and the Character Counts Pillar Awards will be presented by the City, North Shore School District 112, Highland Park High School, and the Park District of Highland Park at a ceremony on April 5, 2022 at the Highland Park High School auditorium. The ceremony is open to the public.

Arts Award Recipient: The Art Center Highland Park

The Art Center Highland Park (TAC) is honored for more than 60 years of service to the Highland Park community. With an ever-evolving slate of innovative programs, exhibitions, and classes, TAC is truly a pillar of the community. In addition to its excellent core offerings, which serve more than 2400 students of all ages annually, TAC focuses on promoting the arts through community engagement and collaboration with other organizations, advancing its mission of providing a welcoming space for the North Shore’s diverse communities to experience and participate in the arts. 

Character Counts Pillar Award Recipients: Lia Abramovich (Responsibility); Olivia Alvarez (Citizenship); Emma Arnold (Caring); Andrew Boiles (Responsibility); Francisco Castillo (Responsibility); Alejandro Delgado (Trustworthiness); Maddie Domm (Caring); Nayeli Everastico (Responsibility); Connor Flanagan (Citizenship); Galit Goldenberg (Caring); Mary Ellen Bowers Goldsmith (Caring);  Terri Gordon (Caring); Camryn Greene (Caring); Willow Kanter (Responsibility); Jonah Levine (Respect); Margo Lewis (Responsibility); Maggie Martinez (Caring); Jackie Melinger (Caring); David Nehmadi (Respect); Novalee Niederer (Responsibility); Mila Ori (Citizenship); Grace Poulsom (Responsibility); Ivan Velasquez Ramirez (Responsibility); Pam Schlosberg (Caring); Carole Shapiro (Caring); Dayana Sosa Velazquez (Responsibility).

The Character Counts Pillar Awards recognize community members who exemplify the six pillars of character in their daily lives: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Environmental Award Recipient: Go Green Highland Park

Go Green Highland Park is recognized for its work to educate the community on environmental issues in four major areas: clean energy, land and water, inspiring youth, and waste management/reduction. In 2021, Go Green Highland Park hosted webinars, provided trainings, and shared public information on environmental topics. As a result of consistent outreach through in-person and digital communications and collaborative partnerships with other organizations, the volunteer-led Go Green Highland Park has proven to be an advocate for green activities and a champion for sustainable endeavors in our community.

Humanitarian Award Recipient: Nancy Mills

Nancy Mills is honored for her longstanding dedication in service of the Highland Park community. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Highland Park Community Foundation (HPCF), Mills has played a vital role in growing the organization’s endowment, expanding its partnerships, and helping connect HPCF with residents through ongoing communication. As a volunteer with the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic, Mills directly supported clients in need through pro-bono legal and support services provided in partnership with A Safe Place. Mills has also served the community as a champion of the arts and dedicated volunteer through a variety of initiatives at North Shore School District 112 and Highland Park High School volunteer opportunities. Mills truly exemplifies the transformational change that just one dedicated individual can effect on their community.


Award recipients will be recognized on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00 PM at the Highland Park High School Auditorium. The ceremony is open to the public. Questions may be directed to the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1000.