St. Joseph High School in Westchester honored the Morrill family of Brookfield with its St. Joseph the Worker Family Award during the school’s Charger Club Investor Appreciation Event on Oct. 10.

Mary and Thomas Morrill Sr. are longtime Brookfield residents, and Mr. Morrill graduated from St. Joseph in 1964, the school’s first graduating class. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1966-70 and spending one year in Vietnam.

Tom and Mary Morrill married in 1969 and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Tom Morrill worked as a heat and frost insulator, retiring in 2008 after 38 years in the business. He was also a longtime board member of Brookfield Little League. 

The couple were active at St. Barbara Parish, involved with the teen theology program, the school board and parish council. They also served for 15 years as the school’s athletic directors.

Their three sons, Thomas Jr. (1988), Daniel (1991) and Mark (1993), who all attended St. Barbara School in Brookfield, also graduated from St. Joseph High School and have gone onto successful careers in business..

The St. Joseph the Worker Family Award was established in 1991 by the Alumni Association of St. Joseph High School to honor those graduates/families who have distinguished themselves in business, the arts, science, community service or any area that reflects the motto of the school, vincit qui laborat, which translates to “he conquers, who labors.”

On campus

Kiley Rusen, of Brookfield earned a Master of Arts in Communication from Valdosta (Georgia) State University at the conclusion of the school’s summer 2019 semester.

Riverside resident Andrew Salij graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, in May. He is the son of Kristine Herbst and Roman Salij.

Riverside resident Kate Barlow, a junior at Montana State University in Bozeman, was selected as one of the school’s three homecoming student ambassadors. 

Last year Montana State replaced their traditional homecoming king and queen with the ambassadors, who embody service, leadership and involvement. Barlow was selected from a field of more than 50 nominees. The student body voted during homecoming week.

Riverside resident Derek Johnson, a computer science major at the University of Wisconsin-Stout will portray “Dr. Frederick Treves” in the University Theatre’s production of “The Elephant Man” this month.

Brookfield residents Christopher Cordero and August Duwell were among the 36 Lyons Township High School seniors to have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than one million students who entered the Merit Program, which is based on their performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test.

Greta Nelson, of Brookfield, was one of 10 members of Nazareth Academy’s freshman class to be selected to be part of the LaGrange Park school’s Student Council. Nelson was one of more than 40 freshmen to seek appointment to the group at the end of the first quarter.

Brookfield resident Gwen Acosta, a junior at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park, was a member of the school’s homecoming court in September.