Niles North Distinguished Alumni

Niles North Distinguished Alumnus Award 2020-2021 Nomination

Niles North High School is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Alumnus award. Nominations shall include supporting documentation about the nominee such as achievements in their field, significant contributions to their community, and their association with Niles North.

The award recipient will be requested to attend our annual Awards of Distinction program to accept their award and give a brief speech about their experiences in high school and post high school. The 55th Awards of Distinction will take place in May, 2021. At this ceremony, current students are also recognized for their accomplishments in areas of athletics, scholarship, and community engagement.

Selection is made based on the following criteria:

  1. Graduated from Niles North.
  2. Attended at least three years of high school at a District 219 high school (this can also include Niles East).
  3. Has made a significant contribution to his or her field and/or in the community, and
  4. Had a meaningful experience as a student at Niles North High School.

Please complete the online form:

Niles North Distinguished Alumnus Award 2020-2021 Nomination Form

If you wish to submit the nomination by email or mail, please send the information to Samina Hussain at, or mail it to Samina Hussain, Niles Township High School 219, 7700 Gross Point Road, Skokie 60077.

We will be accepting nominations until February 15, 2021.

* * Distinguished Alum 2020 * *
Dr. Roxanne Henkin, Niles North Class of 1969
Niles North Activities:
Newspaper 3,4 Feature Editor 4
Quill and Scroll 4
Homecoming Committee 4
Drama Club 1,2
Children’s Theatre 1, 2
Junior Auroris 1
Fall Play, Actor 1
Spring Musical, Crew 1

Dr. Roxanne Henkin, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning & Teaching at The University of Texas at San Antonio, earned her doctorate from Northern Illinois University and has 18 years of teaching experience in public schools. She then taught at National-Louis University in Chicago before joining the faculty at The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2003. Dr. Henkin has published many articles and two books, Who’s Invited to Share: Using Literacy to Teach for Equity and Social Justice and Confronting Bullying: Literacy as a Tool for Character Education, both published by
Dr. Henkin is the Past-President of Literacies and Languages for All. She also served on the executive committee of the National Council of Teachers of English (2017-2019). She was also the lead co-editor of the journal Voices from the Middle (2006-2011) published by the National Council of Teachers of English. Dr. Henkin is the Director Emeritus of the San Antonio Writing Project, which is associated with the National Writing Project with almost 200 sites across the country and around the world. The National Council of Teachers of English awarded Dr. Henkin the 2009 Halle Award for significant contributions to literacy at the middle level. She was also awarded the UTSA 2009 President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Community Service and the 2012 Headliner Education Award from the Association for Women in Communication, San Antonio Texas, and the 2015 Outstanding Literacy Alumni Award from the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education in the College of
Education at Northern Illinois University.
Roxanne’s literacy work has focused on connecting teachers, professors, and students through writing and sharing their life stories. She did this through the San Antonio Writing Project which she created and directed from 2006 to 2016.  Along with a team of leaders, she has led writing institutes in Limpopo, South Africa; Haridwar, India; Manila, Philippines and Astana, Kazakhstan.

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Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients 1989 to Present
2019 – Jose Moreno, ’02
2018 – Gregg Fleisher, ’79
2017 – Dr. Mark Rasenick, ’67

2016 – Marina Pazin, ‘00
2015 – Maxine Winer, ’79
2014 – Julie Smolyansky, ’93
2013 – David Ko, ’97
2012 – Dr. Michael Ruchim, ’72
2011 – Michael Kim, ’74
2010 – Dean Klassman, ’74
2009 – Pankaj Sharma, ’98
2008 – David Walton, ’94
2007 – Marc Silverman, ’89
2006 – Ross Deutsch, ’79
2005 – Carrie Hightman, ’75
2004 – Paul Toback, ’81
2003 – David Rosengard, ’70
2002 – Michael Jay Margules, ’78
2001 – Lynn Schreiber Price , ’73
“I was honored as a Distinguished alum several years back. Very touching. Most wonderful moment was I didn’t realize it was being televised on the local TV station. In my acceptance speech, I talked about three NN teachers who made a difference in my life. Turns out one of their friends was watching the show, called her, and subsequently I received a letter from her. Wonderful to be able to say thank you so many years later. “. Lynn (Schreiber) Price, -73
2000 – Marc Schulman, ’72
1999 – Howard Friend, ’69
1998 – The Hon. Louis Lang, ’67
1997 – Edie Turovitz Kasten, ’75
1996 – Michael Krasny, ’71
1995 – Jay Footlik, ’83
1994 – Allen Sutker & Mark Polinsky, ’79
1993 – Neal Sabin, ’74
1992 – Irene Suzukida, ’70
1991 – Capt. Daniel L. Ley, ’77
1990 – Paul Lisnek, ’76
1989 – Dr. Steven Gitelis, ’69