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Homewood-Flossmoor grad leading

prosecution in Manafort trial one of many high

achieving alumni

By Donna Vickroy

Daily Southtown

AUGUST 14, 2018, 1:20 PM

f the south suburbs seem a long way from the federal courthouse of Alexandria, Va., consider that other

Homewood-Flossmoor High School graduates have gone on to make their mark in South Sudan and

the Czech Republic.

Like them, before Uzodinma (Uzo) Asonye became a powerhouse attorney and lead prosecutor in the Paul

Manafort trial, he spent his teen years walking the halls of the Kedzie Avenue high school in Flossmoor.

While there, the 1998 graduate also played in the marching band, the symphonic band, the Viking ensemble

and was a member of the National Honor Society, said Ann Cherry, director of development and alumni

relations at H-F. Born in Nigeria, he grew up in Flossmoor with his a younger sister, Chidinma, who

graduated H-F in 2000.

From the south suburbs, Asonye went on to Cornell University and then Yale Law School, Cherry said. He

worked as an associate in the white collar defense and corporate investigations unit with the law firm of

O'Melveny & Myers, LLP of Washington, D.C., before becoming deputy chief, financial crimes and public

corruption unit, assistant United States Attorney, Cherry said.

The Manafort case, in which President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager is being tried on charges

of tax evasion and fraud, was headed to closing arguments Tuesday after the prosecution rested Monday

and the defense opted not to call witnesses.

Were H-F officials surprised to learn that one of their own had landed such a prestigious role in the high

profile trial?

“Not at all,” Cherry said.

“At one time a couple years ago, we had two standing United States ambassadors that were both graduates

of H-F. And we had the former United States deputy of the Treasury, who was second in command at the

Treasury, the highest-ranking female in the history of (that) department,” she said. “They were under the

Obama administration.”

Andy Schapiro, class of ‘81, went to Yale and Harvard Law School before serving as U.S. ambassador to the

Czech Republic, Cherry said.

Susan D. Page, class of ‘82, served as U.S. ambassador to South Sudan, the world’s newest country. Cherry

said the University of Michigan and Harvard graduate now works as the United Nations secretary general's

special adviser on rule of law .

And there’s Sarah Bloom Raskin, class of ‘79. She served as the U.S. deputy secretary of the Treasury. She

was also on the board of governors of the Federal Reserve, Cherry said.

“H-F has always been strong in economics,” she said.

Then again, she added, the school, which opened in 1959 to alleviate crowding at Bloom High School

because of a growth spurt in the south suburbs, has also always been strong in broadcasting, fine arts,

mechanics, science and sports.

“We have tons of alums like Uzo,” she said. “This school has always produced amazing grads and continues

to do so. So we’re never really surprised. We’re just like, ‘Oh, yeah, OK’.”

Cherry said H-F grads have gone on to excel in business and medicine, too.

Pulitzer Prize winner Jack Fuller, former president of the Tribune Company, attended the high school. The

former editor and publisher, who died in 2016, also had served as special assistant to U. S. Attorney General

Edward Levi.

“Another of our alums was one of the scientists who helped sequence DNA,” she said.

“We would have a hard time coming up with a list of the Top 10 graduates,” she added.

There have been so many high-achieving graduates, she said, that sometimes they’ve given new meaning to

the term “small world.”

“There was an alum in Uzbekistan who ran into another alum there. Both were working for the state

department. They were a year apart but didn’t know each other back at H-F,” she said. “They met in a

receiving line.”

Cherry attributes the history of successes to several things: high parental expectations, good teachers, good

feeder schools and lots of opportunity that includes things such as fine arts and industrial arts.

“If you look at this young man, Uzo was involved in all kinds of things. He was musical, in the marching

band, etc.,” she said. “We find that kids excel when they have the opportunity to excel.”

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