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The Kiwanis Club of Forest Park presented two college-bound Forest Parkers with the first-ever Andy Collis Community Service Award at the organization’s annual pasta dinner fundraiser on May 18. 

Xavier Skinner, a soon-to-be graduate of Walther Christian Academy in Melrose Park, received $3,000 to go toward his education at Triton College. Dylan Bartlett, who attended St. Patrick High School in Chicago, was awarded $3,000 for his education at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. 

Collis’ wife Virginia and son Jimmy presented students with the awards, which recognize students’ academic performance, as well as their community service work. It was named after the late Andy Collis, a longtime Kiwanian, school bus driver, and village treasurer. Collis died in July 2018 at age 86. 

The award was funded through a gift from the Sorice family, local entrepreneurs who own a number of bars in Forest Park. 

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