Linda (Lyn) Scolaro ’82 awarded prestigious humanitarian award

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October 1, 2017

Linda (Lyn) Scolaro ’82 will be presented with the prestigious Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Humanitarian of the Year Award, which is given annually to those whose lives exemplify the virtues of caring, humanity and good will that were the hallmark of Cardinal Bernardin's tenure as Archbishop of Chicago. Lyn is an Italian teacher at Prospect High School.

Lyn will be given the award during a dinner held on Nov. 11, 2017. The award is given out by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans

In 1991, Lyn began teaching at Prospect, and also volunteered to help student organizations beyond the traditional school day. While at Prospect, she has been a member or chairwoman of 13 academic activities, 20 co-curricular and six district activities.

Lyn's commitment to the students of Prospect High School prompted her to create new challenges and recognitions for those who embrace the study of Italian. She quintupled the number of students taking Italian classes, established a local Chapter of the Italian National Honor Society, developed the first Italian AP course in the state of Illinois and created an annual dinner including to showcase student achievements.

Lyn has also hosted more than 35 student trips to Italy (on her own time) and established an exchange program with students in Verona. 

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