On Saturday, September 28, the St. Francis High School Alumni Association awarded two 2019 Distinguished Alumni. The award recipients are outstanding alumni who have maintained high standards of excellence. They were nominated by their peers and are graduates who have taken their St. Francis High School education and Christian values on paths to make significant contributions in their fields of endeavor and/or have achieved outstanding accomplishments, honors or recognition on behalf of their communities and country.
After working for 15 years as a radiology technician, Sheila “Peach” Enzweiler ’78 Carr (Lake Forest, Ill.) decided to turn a childhood sewing hobby into a career as a fashion designer. In 2010, she was one of 17, selected from 14,000 applicants, to participate as a contestant in Season 8 on “Project Runway.” She also participated in Season 2 of the “Project Runway All Stars.” Following these appearances, Carr worked for Project Runway and Lifetime TV at fashion shows and speaking engagements, and through student mentoring.
In 2017, Carr was honored as one of seven Distinguished Alumni at the College of DuPage, for her continuing work in the Fashion Studies Program, where she mentored fashion students for several years, and also served on the Fashion Studies committee.
Carr served on the Women’s Auxiliary Board of JourneyCare, Friends of Gorton Women’s Auxiliary Board, and was an active member of her parish and her daughter’s grade school. Currently, Carr is a mentor for the American Heart Association’s Red Dress Fashion Show, and serves on the Chicago Fashion Show Committee for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and will co-chair their 2020 annual fashion show.
Carr also continues to support St. Francis High School by donating to and supporting the school’s annual auctions and fashion shows, as well as through her participation in the annual golf outing.
Mary Kay Farrell ’63 Hemmelman (Bloomingdale, Ill.) has served as a life-long educator. She began her career in Daytona Beach, Fla., as a teacher with Embry Riddle University’s Upward Bound Program, a federally funded program that assists underprivileged high school students. Then for eight years, she taught at Sacred Heart School in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. and later, 25 years at St. Gilbert School in Grayslake, Ill. During her time at St. Gilberts, Hemmelman was a teacher, curriculum coordinator, and assistant principal. In 1991, she was honored as the St Gilbert Heart of the School and later received an Archdiocesan Heart of the School Award.
In 2004, Hemmelman became the principal at St. Emily School in Grayslake, Ill., and in 2011 her school received the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award. She guided her faculty, staff and students to participate in outreach programs for Heifer International, and also encouraged them to serve others by running food drives and through collections for Christmas gifts, local animal shelters, and gym shoe collections for children in Africa.
Hemmelman and her husband David founded Brody’s Court Crew, a group that raised money to assist a neighbor’s child who had leukemia; and raised money for Turning Pointe, a school for children with Autism. Through her work as a member and president of a St. Vincent DePaul Society Conference, she also assisted St. Isidore Parish in Bloomingdale, Ill. to establish their own conference to target and help those in need of temporary assistance.
Hemmelman has served as a Eucharistic Minister in her parish and school and was a member of the St. Francis High School Scholarship Committee.