Friday, June 10th marked the Commencement Exercised for the Class of 2005 of
the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. It was an honor for me to be
selected as the Speaker for the Graduation.
It was in July of 2001 that Barbara Valerious, the principal of CHSAS for
most of its history, and Lucille Shaw, the Master Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor,
came up to Eli’s to introduce me to the newly named Principal, Dave Gilligan.
Over the past 4 years, I have been fortunate work with Mr. Gilligan and Ms. Shaw
to help make a difference at CHSAS and its impact on the community.
In working with us at Eli’s and in my visits to CHSAS and at activities like
the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, I learned a great deal about the character
and committment to excellence of the members of the Class of 2005.. There is no
doubt that they will be most successful in their future endeavors in
agriculture, food and in our society.
Marc Schulman with the Top 10 Seniors in the CHSAS Class of
2005. Eli’s Cheesecake presented a Outstanding Senior Scholarship to Marcin
Tomkowiak, one of the Top 10.
Jacqueline Fenn, the Valedictorian of the Class of 2005,
delivering her Valedictory Address. Fenn is both a Chapter and Section Officer
of FFA and received a major Scholarship from the FFA.
Lucille Shaw, Master Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor, with Marc,
Haley and Elana Schulman. Shaw received the prestigious Met-Life Ambassadors in
Education Award for her long term dedication to her students and the founding
principles of CHSAS.
Dave Gilligan, Principal of CHSAS, with Advisory Board
Co-Chairs, Roury Shalabi, and Marc Schulman. Shalabi is also a CHSAS parent, LSC
member and Chicago Park District Commissioner.
Dave Gilligain suprises Marc Schulman with a personalized CHSAS
Maureen, Elana, Marc and Haley Schulman celebrating the CHSAS