Bellwood-Antis grads chosen for summit


BELLWOOD — Two recent Bellwood-Antis High School graduates will participate in a Mini-THON Leadership Summit on Friday using Zoom.

Adisyn Gilbert and Maggie Erickson were key members of the school’s team that raised $43,017 to help families affected by pediatric cancer.

Gilbert and Erickson were asked to do a slideshow presentation and talk about the mission, fundraising and community support, said Richard Schreier, high school principal.

The recent graduates created the presentation.

“We talk about different events that we held, how we advertised, and we stressed how crucial our community was in our success this year. We truly never would have been able to almost double our grand total from last year without the amazing support of our community,” said Erickson, event finance chairperson. “It took a ton of support and work, but I am so glad it all paid off in the end.”


Gilbert and Erickson were selected to participate by Aevidum Club co-advisers Brandon Stewart, BAHS special education teacher, and Matthew McNaul, BAHS social studies teacher.

“Maggie and Adisyn have been with us the longest and have been effective leaders the four years they’ve been involved with Mini-THON. Their position as leaders gave them administrative access to our Donor Drive page and other Four Diamonds resources.” McNaul said. “We’re extremely proud of both of them. It’s an honor well deserved. They’ve worked hard in various roles to make our events a success the last four years and deserve the recognition.”

The recent graduates are honored to represent Bellwood-Antis.

“I am excited to share what great things a small community can do. Our Four Diamonds representative asked us to present about community involvement because, from her experience, small schools often feel as though they cannot be as successful as large schools, but she felt like we are a great example of a small school doing great things,” said Gilbert, overall chairperson and social media chair.

“These young ladies will show how a small school like Bellwood-Antis generated the amazing total donation amount and how BA outshined some much larger schools that were part of Mini-THON,” Schreier said.


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