Isaac Ramirez cools off in the new above-ground swimming pool in his North Riverside backyard, courtesy of the Sunshine Foundation. (Provided)

North Riverside resident Isaac Ramirez was recently granted a dream from the Sunshine Foundation, which answers dreams of children with life-long chronic conditions such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, severe low-functioning autism and others. Isaac, who lives with the challenges of cerebral palsy and developmental delay.

The Sunshine Foundation made Isaac’s dream of an above ground swimming pool come true thanks to generous donors through the foundation’s Adopt a Dream program.

“Isaac is loving the swimming pool,” said Terri, Isaac’s grandmother/guardian in a press release. “He has gone in every day; it has to be warm!”

Sunshine Foundation, established in 1976, provides a Dream Come True for children who may be turned away from other wish-granting organizations that require a life-threatening or critical diagnosis.

It answers dreams of children ages 3 through 18 who have severe or profound physical/developmental/intellectual challenges or trauma from physical/sexual abuse and whose families cannot fulfill their child’s requests due to the financial strain a child’s illness may cost.

On campus

David Suriano, of Riverside, was among the more than 1,000 students earning degrees from Bradley University in Peoria in May. Suriano graduated with a B.S. in interactive media game design and English creative writing. He was also named to the 2021 spring semester dean’s list.

Among the more than 2,000 students earning degrees from Marquette University in Milwaukee in May were Brookfield residents Calista Lopez (bachelor’s in anthropology) and Brittany Schneider (bachelor’s in biochemistry and molecular biology); North Riverside resident Abby Favela (bachelor’s in social welfare and justice); and Riverside residents Maggie Lyons (bachelor’s in nursing), Colleen Mandell (J.D. in law), Lucy Roudebush (doctoral degree in physical therapy) and Theresa Wagner (bachelor’s in business economics).

Brookfield residents Jason Cruz (B.A. sociology), Samantha Hauser (B.S. medical laboratory sciences) and Asher Runyan-Randruut (B.S. finance) and North Riverside resident Angelo Esposito (B.S. operations and information management) were among the more than 2,400 students receiving degrees from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb in June.

Derek Johnson, of Riverside, was awarded his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science, computer networking systems and design and information security management with a minor in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout during the school’s commencement ceremony in May.

Sophia Bowie, of Brookfield, earned the distinction of faculty honors for the 2021 spring semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta for earning a perfect 4.0 grade-point average for the semester.

Brookfield resident Elizabeth Lemerand was named to the 2021 spring semester dean’s list in the School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Evan Jones, of Riverside, was named to the dean’s list for the second semester of the 2020-21 school year at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Students ranked in the top 20 percent of undergraduates are named to the dean’s list.

Hope Clark, of Riverside, was named to the 2021 spring semester dean’s list at Wheaton College for earning a semester grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale.

North Riverside residents Olivia Blood, Camila Davila, Alivia Ranieri and Nadia Ranieri and Riverside residents Robert Dunn, DiAngelo Gonzalez and Sylvia Harvin were named to the 2021 spring semester dean’s list at Augustana College in Rock Island for attaining a GPA of least 3.5 during the term.

Christopher Doherty, of Brookfield, was named to the 2021 spring semester honor roll at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for attaining a semester GPA of at least 3.3.

North Riverside residents Madeline Ackerman, Liliana Hermosillo and Gabrielle Mandel; Brookfield residents Brittany Whigam and Emily Hanna; and Riverside resident Abigail Salamanca were named to the 2021 spring semester dean’s list at Elmhurst College for attaining a semester GPA of at least 3.75.

Brookfield residents Mariah Dorsey, Daniel Lada, Kaitlin Lizik, Grace Roman and Leslie Toto and North Riverside resident Joshua Valentino were named to the 2021 spring semester dean’s list at Aurora University for earning a GPA of at least 3.6.

Jeremy Heer, of Brookfield, was named to the 2021 spring semester dean’s list at Quincy University for achieving at semester GPA of at least 3.5.

Maddie Hanrahan, of Brookfield, and Rachel McCarthy, of Riverside, were named to the 2021 spring semester dean’s list at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

Riverside residents Jocelyn Navarro and Haley Hutchings were named to the 2021 spring semester dean’s list at Bradley University in Peoria for achieving semester GPA of at least 3.5.

Brookfield resident Faith Wyant and North Riverside resident Jaime Fernandez were named to the 2021 spring semester dean’s list at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights for achieving a semester GPA of at least 3.8.

Autumn Rajcevich-Schwer, of Brookfield, and Alyssa Schwarz, of Riverside, were named to the 2021 spring semester dean’s list at Carthage College in Kenosha for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5.

Brookfield resident Grace Knowski was named to the 2021 spring semester dean’s list at Millikin University in Decatur for earning a GPA of at least 3.5 for the term.