Whiz Kid: Olivia Schoenfeldt
Music, volunteering with the disabled, a science club and German club keep last year's "Niles Youth of the Year" busy.
Each week, "Whiz Kid" highlights a local kid who's done something worthy of a shoutout.
○ Whiz Kid's Age: 14
○ Whiz Kid's School: Niles West High School
○ Whiz Kid's Accomplishment: Olivia received last year's Youth of the Year award at the Niles Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Night of the Roses event. Earlier this month, she received a Youth Leadership Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago's Vicariate II in the prayer and worship category for her work as an alter server and volunteer at St. John Brebeuf Church in Niles.
○ Whiz Kid's Key to Awesomeness: Olivia has many interests--music, science, the German language and helping the disabled.
She sings in the Niles West Choir and the teen choir at St. John Brebeuf church. She also plays handbells at SJB.
She's in the German club and ahte RIOT club, which she describes as a science club, at Niles West.
Finally, she volunteers with seven- and eight-year-old developmentally disabled kids through the parish's GLAAD ministry, helping them during Bible study and playing puzzles with them.
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