ADDISON – Kacper Mierzejewski has been named Addison Trail High School’s March recipient of the 88’s Best recognition for his service work.
Mierzejewski, a senior, has served Addison Trail and the community as vice president of INTERACT Club, vice president of Key Club, co-president of Environmental Club, a core member of Pay It Forward and member of many other service organizations, according to a District 88 newsletter.
Mierzejewski was recognized during the March 24 District 88 Board of Education meeting.
In the two years since Mierzejewski transferred to Addison Trail, he has challenged himself to take some of the most rigorous courses. He has enrolled in five Advanced Placement (AP)/college-level courses and three honors courses.
Besides helping organize events and fundraisers, Mierzejewski has volunteered his time with many community groups.
He is responsible for coordinating students to volunteer at the homeless shelter PADS, and he tutors at Lincoln Elementary School in Addison. He also has donated his own time at the shelter, as well as at Feed My Starving Children and Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Mierzejewski has participated in many service events, such as Salvation Army Bell Ringing, the Spaghetti Dinner, buckthorn cleanup in the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the Addison recycling event, Centennial Park Cleanup, Salt Creek Cleanup and Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, according to the newsletter.
The senior said his passion for service emerged when he transferred and started to look for alternative activities to sports, which he was no longer enjoying, the newsletter stated.
Since his family immigrated to the U.S. 12 years ago, Mierzejewski has watched his parents work long hours and make tremendous sacrifices for his family. He pushes himself academically and volunteers because he knows how much his parents have sacrificed to give him those opportunities, according to the newsletter.
Mierzejewski plans to study at College of DuPage for two years and then transfer to a four-year college or university, where he hopes to enter the medical field.