Saturday, July 27 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM
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Lexi Kacena was born in Algonquin, and has resided in Algonquin for all of her 18 years. She is the daughter of James and Jacqueline Kacena. Lexi enjoys being a part of the Algonquin community. As a child, Lexi always looked forward to the Founders' Days festivities; especially the parade. Lexi is a recent graduate of Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock. She is planning to continue her education at Creighton University in the fall where she will be studying nursing. She plans to pursue a career as a nurse practioner or a physician's assistant.
Over the years, Lexi has enjoyed participating in competitive travel softball and has completed many hours of community service. Lexi recently spent 120 + hours as an intern at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Lexi shadowed various nurses and doctors and learned about working in a hospital setting. At school, Lexi is the founder and president of Club Med. This club was designed to help underclassmen explore areas in the medical field. Members enjoyed many guest speakers and participated in medical related service project. In the winter, the members made pillows and distributed them to local hospitals. In the spring, Club Med hosted a medical supply drive. The members gathered donations of medical supplies and assembled medical kits which were donated to local food pantries.
Lexi recently traveled to Haiti through her Church, Saint Margret Mary. Lexi, along with her mother Jacquie, baked over 700 giant cookies and sold them for $2.00 each in order to help fund their trip. Lexi was determined to attend this mission so she could change lives and make a difference. While in Haiti, Lexi participated in many activities. She built a brick house, painted a house, taught English in the local elementary school and participated in a food distribution that fed 200 families. Lexi's fondest memories of Haiti were while she was working in the wound clinic and also at the Sisters of Charity Orphanage. At the wound clinic, Lexi washed out and bandaged wounds the size of softballs. At the orphanage, Lexi fed and held many babies who longed to be loved.
In the future, Lexi looks forward to working with pediatric cancer patients. She desires to enhance the lives of each and every one of her patients. She hopes that Club Med continues to grow at Marian Central High School, assisting students with their medical career planning. As Lexi moves on to college, she looks forward to joining many clubs and continuing to serve her community. Most importantly, she hopes to inspire others to lend a hand and help make a difference.
Founders' Days Fireworks Spectacular
Sunday, July 28
Fireworks start approx. 9:00PM