|Clarisse Panlilio with Triton College President Mary-Rita Moore and Triton's mascot 'Troy'|
Local Middle Schooler Wins Triton College’s First Ever ‘President for a Day’ Contest
One local middle school student earned the unique opportunity to experience what it’s like to lead an institution that helps community members reach their educational and personal goals.
Clarisse Panlilio, a sixth-grade student at James Giles School in Norridge, earned the honor of becoming Triton College’s President for a Day, after she was selected as the winner of an essay contest challenge issued to Giles’ sixth grade class earlier this year.
Clarisse and her entire class visited Triton College for a special day of activities on Friday, Feb. 3. The group toured Triton’s newly renovated Health and Sciences Building, where they had the chance to operate high-tech equipment including the virtual dissection table and other medical simulators. The class was also treated to a special planetarium show in Triton’s Cernan Earth and Space Center.
For Clarisse however, the day didn’t end there. She also presided over a meeting attended by several vice-presidents of Triton College, where she reviewed renew the contract renewal of Triton College’s mascot, Troy. Clarisse also had the opportunity to share lunch and conversation with Triton College President Mary-Rita Moore, and visit other areas of campus.
“Clarisse is an incredibly bright young lady, and I’m confident she will achieve great success as a student and beyond,” said President Moore. “It was a pleasure to get to know Clarisse and her classmates during our time together, and I hope they are encouraged by experiencing some of the exciting educational options available to them.”
Earlier this school year, President Moore visited to 6th grade class of James Giles School where she encouraged the class to dream big as they considered their future goals. She challenged the class participate in the essay contest, in which they detailed their future aspirations and plans to achieve them.
President Moore was born and raised in Norridge, and was a member of James Giles Elementary School’s class of 1975. From there, she attended Ridgewood High School before earning a bachelor’s degree and MBA from Dominican University. During her visit, President Moore reflected on her time as a student at Giles School discussed the role it played in putting her on the path toward academic, personal and professional success.
“It’s an honor to call President Moore a Giles Lion,” Norridge School District 80 Superintendent Paul O’Malley said. “To see the positive impact that our graduates have on the community is a great source of pride for Norridge schools.”
The President for a Day challenge is part of President Moore’s new ‘President’s Initiative,’ which aims to strengthen relationships with members of the communities within the Triton College district. We look forward to expanding the initiative to include other schools and organizations within Triton’s district.