CHS student Salvador Gaspar was honored as a Leader of Tomorrow by the City of Collinsville and Collinsville Chamber of Commerce at the 2018 Collinsville Community Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 8, 2018.
Salvador Gaspar, a senior at Collinsville High School, was nominated by CHS Counselor Renee Kurtz. Salvador is ranked in the top 10% of the CHS Class of 2019 and serves the school and greater Collinsville community in a number of ways.
At Collinsville High School, Salvador is part of KAHOKStrong, the CHS organization that assists families in the community struggling with illness, death or unexpected financial hardships. He is part of the new Leo Club which works with the local Lions Club to raise money to assist families with lower income who live in areas where natural disasters have occurred. He is active in the Pep Club and Student Council – as well as a member of Kahok Krazies, the small group of 11 students who organize and direct school pep assemblies and lead the student body in school spirit.
Salvador was a valued member of the 2017 Kahok Boys Soccer team who earned 3rd place in the IHSA State Finals this year. He is a a leader among his teammates, always modeling a strong work ethic and encouraging them to do their best.
Among his most outstanding qualities are those he demonstrates by giving back to his friends and family in the local Hispanic community. He has learned a strong work ethic from his parents, and in addition to his many school activities and academic achievements, he works to contribute to his family’s needs. He is a role model for his siblings and helps as a translator and advocate for those navigating various local educational, community and governmental systems.
This summer, Salvador was one of 20 students selected to take part in the High School Hispanic Leadership Institute. The event was presented by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation of Metropolitan St. Louis. He was the only representative from a high school on Illinois side of the metro area.