The Mr. and Miss Alpha Omega contest is an annual event sponsored by the Alpha Omega yearbook that names the best all-around senior boy and girl. Not only is this a prestigious award but also an honored and long-standing tradition of Joliet Township High School history.
Female finalists include Layne Barry, Julianna Byrne, Alayna Chizmark, Joie Egizio, Molly Huntington, Rebecca Janovsky, Paola Lozada, Gabriella Manriquez, Kelly Rappaport, and Alexis Wajda.
Male finalists include Keli Akabutu, Ansel Alvarado, Aidan Brown, Allan Victor Cortes, Trevor Gould, Nathan Guseman, Benjamin McCune, Gavin Moore, Jacob Pollack, Lucas Pollack, and Lawson Sizemore.
The first qualification for the title is to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for eight straight semesters. All students who met this requirement were invited to apply to be a part of the contest by submitting a personal narrative. These were evaluated by a panel of judges to determine the top ten boys and top ten girls to be considered for the award.
Students were then required to complete a resume highlighting their academic career. This resume along with a cover letter and personal video, were sent to a new panel of judges. Evaluated each candidate and awarded points based on a detailed rubric. Typically, the winners are announced at Senior Awards Night, this year, winners were alerted ahead of time to prepare for a virtual graduation ceremony.
The top winners are each awarded a scholarship. Mr. and Miss each receive $500, with the first-runner up receiving $250, and the second-runner up receiving $125. All participants receive certificates of achievement from the Illinois House of Representatives.
This year, Mr. & Miss Alpha Omega are Lawson Sizemore and Rebecca Janovsky. First-runners up are Benjamin McCune and Layne Barry, and Second-Runners up are Trevor Gould and Kelly Rappaport.
Mr. Alpha Omega, Lawson Sizemore, earned high honor roll all four years of high school while completing 621.5 hours of community service. Every opportunity to serve the community, Lawson takes full advantage of it. Lawson has tremendous school spirit, attending every West game and serving as a football assistant, baseball assistant, participating in the choir and musical, and he is a Tiger Tales editor and member of the National Honors Society. Lawson served as a Special Olympics Basketball Coach at Troy, and announced games for the Miracle League of Joliet.
Miss Alpha Omega, Rebecca Janovsky, is a talented musician, participating as a member of concert choir, musicals, Opera Scenes and ILMEA All-State Chorus. She is president of the drug prevention No Name Club and has traveled to elementary and junior highs performing puppet shows to teach the harmful effects of drugs. She has served for four years as a Camp R.O.C.K. counselor and is a member of NHS, Mu Alpha Theta, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Rebecca has also earned a spot on the high honor roll all four years of high school.
Community judges had a difficult but rewarding job. “Thank you for including me as part of the panel of judges. Amazing candidates; one and all! Bravo! To the JTW graduating class of 2021! They overcame incredible odds to complete their senior year… and a year they’ll not soon forget,” shared community judge, Jo Slowik, Phillip Lynch Theatre Manager at Lewis University.
All candidates are congratulated for their hard work and are excellent role models for the entire Joliet West community. Their individual academic achievements and motivation toward success is something to be celebrated.
Congratulations, finalists and winners!