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Meet Our Pride

Rachel Birkley holding the Fulbright Sign


Meet a Member of Our Pride ~ Rachel Birkley, Class of 2013

Meet alumni Rachel Birkley.  Rachel is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, allowing her to travel across the world to Spain to teach English to elementary students in grade 2-6.  She works as a cultural ambassador and teaches interactive lessons about American culture, holidays and traditions to her students. As part of her experience in the Fulbright program, Rachel has created a pen pal exchange between her Spanish students and students at Schiesher Elementary and Lisle High School as a way to directly foster a mutual understanding of cultures between her hometown and her host city.  “It is my way of giving back to a school district that has given me so much,” Rachel said of the pen pal exchange. When commenting on her experience in Lisle 202 Rachel remarked, “I would not be living my dream right now if it were not for the supportive teachers, administrators and staff throughout my K-12 experience in Lisle District 202.”  #LionProud


Meet a Member of Our Pride - John Barr, Class of 1961

Meet alumni Mr. John Barr.  Mr. Barr is the first recipient of the Lisle High School Distinguished Alumni Award.  A graduate of Lisle Community High School in 1961, Mr. Barr left Lisle to attend Harvard College, Harvard Business School and enlisted in the Navy.  He then went on to achieve many professional accomplishments along with becoming a published poet, and founded the Poetry Foundation of Chicago. Mr. Barr said of his time growing up in Lisle, “The Lisle I knew...was a school small enough where everybody could know everybody else, but it also embodied the Midwestern values that have guided Penny and me throughout our life.  If the rest of the world could be more like Lisle, we’d have much to celebrate.” #LionProud


Alexa Fasone


Meet a Member of Our Pride - Alexa Fasone, Class of 2019

Meet Senior Alexa Fasone.  Alexa is the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s (DAR) Good Citizen Award (Downers Grove Chapter) for the Class of 2019.  As the Lisle High School nominee, Alexa wrote an essay on “What new challenges will America face as we move forward into the future?” earning the local, DAR District (consisting of most of the suburbs and part of Chicago), and also the Regional Honors!  She is now one of only seven students being considered for the Illinois State DAR Good Citizen Award.

Created in 1934, this award “is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.  This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.” (  

Alexa is currently a senior at Lisle High School who participates in a variety of academic and extra-curricular activities.  Her commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence and service are a few of the many reasons she is so deserving of this honor.  #LionProud

Elia Chudov - Meet Our Pride


Meet a Member of Our Pride - Elia Chudov, Class of 2019

Meet Senior Elia Chudov.  Elia is a student dedicated to exploring the many opportunities available to prepare him for college and career.  Academically, he has worked to expand his education by taking a number of Advanced Placement courses and also explored different interests by taking courses such as additional government courses, engineering and band. An active participant in many of the clubs/activities offered at our schools, this year he is a member of the State qualifying Science Olympiad Team and the inaugural 2019 DECA Team at Lisle High School.  In its first year, he was one of five team members who qualified for the State competition, and Elia and his partner Audrey qualified for the National DECA Competition. Elia is also an LHS athlete who played on the golf team and tennis teams.

“Ranking aside, there is so much that you can participate in, seemingly endless opportunities for new clubs/organizations, and great academics.” commented Chudov. “Lisle did an excellent job of accommodating me...the counselors and administration supported my search for classes that normally wouldn't have enough enrollment (because we are quite small) at North Central College.”  Elia also highlighted the community that Lisle creates, "Its tight-knit feel, overall kindness, and surprising breadth are just a few factors that will push me to send my kids here in the future.”

Elia plans to continue his education with a double major in Mathematics and Economics to prepare him for his goal of working as an analyst for the Federal Reserve or within risk management at a large bank in New York.   #LionProud