Niles West Distinguished Alumni

Niles West Distinguished Alumnus Award 2019-2020 Nomination

Niles West 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 West.

The Award recipient must attend the Niles West Accolades Ceremony in May 2020, Niles West High School.

Selection Process:

  1. Achievement in his/her field
  2. Contribution to society
  3. Candidate must have attended a District 219 School for  at least 3 years and must have graduated from Niles West.
  4. Appreciation/Influence of Niles West on accomplishments

Please complete the online form:

Niles West Distinguished Alumnus Award 2019-2020 Nomination


If you wish to submit a nomination prior to that date, please submit the nomination by email or mail, to Rosamin Bhanpuri at, or mail it to Rosamin Bhanpuri, Niles Township High School 219, 7700 Gross Point Road, Skokie 60077.

We will be accepting nominations until February 22, 2020.

Past Years’ Alumni awards

2018 – Marcy Lerner Steindler, ’77

Marcy Lerner Steindler graduated Top 10 in her class from Niles West where she was first chair cellist (sophomore through senior) while also participating in chorus and other singing groups. Marcy continued playing cello at Northwestern University, from which she received her BA in Music in 1981 and, as an enrollee in the Kellogg Graduate School of Management’s “3-2 program,” received her Masters degree in 1982. She passed the CPA exam on her first try while beginning her accounting career at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) where she reached manager level in the audit department. She joined Mann, Weitz & Associates (MWA), where she was recently named a partner as the head of the firm’s nonprofit taxation practice.  While working at MWA and helping raise three children, the oldest two having special needs, Marcy began an active role in her community, serving as PTO Treasurer and President in Deerfield District 109, Treasurer of Friends of The Arts at Deerfield High School and serving on the B’nai Tikvah Synagogue Board, including time as VP of Education and VP of Finance, for more than 10 years. Marcy is now the head of the B’nai Tikvah Cultural Arts Committee.

Marcy has put to use the discipline she learned at Niles West while being an outstanding student and musician, and a leader within the music department, taking good care of her family, becoming a highly regarded, respected and successful business professional and making a significant difference in her community.

2017 – Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow, ’63
2016 – Judge Merrick Garland ’70
2016 – Dr. Robert A. Ganz, ‘72
2015 – Rich Beckman, ’72
2014 – Tom ’86 and Dita, ’86 (Jusufi) Merkel
2013 – Howard Sandroff, ’67
2012 – Dennis Hu, ’07
2011 – Judy Hsu, ’88
2010 – Dr. Steven Dayan, ’85