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Local residents named to NIU dean’s list

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DEKALB—The following local residents were named to the Northern Illinois University dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester: Lindsey Dodis, Amanda Helfers, Tyler Hilton, Courtney Kowalski, Austin McElderry, Konstantin Paraskevov, Richard Rivard and Linnea Scherer, all of Elburn; Michelle Bird, Erin Hernandez and Emily Neely, all of Sugar Grove; and Madeline Greene, Kristina Scarpitti and Troy Swanson, all of Maple Park.

Local residents awarded Waubonsee scholarships

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SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College Foundation recently provided 255 scholarship awards, totaling over $198,500, to 200 recipients for the 2015-16 academic year. The following local residents received a scholarship.

• Aurora Noon Lions Club Scholarship: Brittany Grider, Sugar Grove
• Evar Erickson Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Caitrin Mills, Elburn
• Faville Family Endowed Scholarship: Michael Deja, Sugar Grove
• Florence Lorenz Trust Scholarship: Betsy Manak, Elburn
• Geneva Lions Club Scholarship: Brittany Grider, Sugar Grove
• Heartland Bank Community Enhancement Award Scholarships: Angelique Franks, Sugar Grove
• Jennifer Shook Student Athlete Scholarship: Rhiannon Anderson, Sugar Grove
• John J. Swalec Jr. President’s Achievement Awards: Danielle Mccormack, Sugar Grove; Lilian Soto, Elburn
• Louise Murphy Memorial Scholarships: Emily Grams, Elburn; Katilyn Hill, Sugar Grove
• Nick Wirth Memorial Fire Science Scholarship: Edgar Villafuerte, Elburn
• Old Second Bank Endowed Scholarship: Angelique Franks, Sugar Grove
• Robert M. Sohol Endowed Scholarship: Lilian Soto, Elburn

Rodriguez celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

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Daisy Carmen Lucia Perez-Gonzalez married Roberto Rodriguez-Rodriguez on a Sabado de Gloria in Habana, Cuba, on April 9, 1955. On their wedding day, she wore a short-sleeved white laced dress, fitted at the waist, with an imperial collar and a full skirt that ended just below her knees. She also wore matching bridal gloves—or mitones, as they used to be called in the old country—and carried a bouquet of white lilies of the valley.

The daughter of Alfredo Perez-Travieso, a transportation entrepreneur, and Carmelina Gonzalez-Zorrilla, Daisy was young, beautiful and studied with the Catholic nuns. Roberto still remembers dancing with her at her quinceanera, a celebration of her passage to womanhood, and the pearls on her pink gown waltzing in the night.

Roberto’s father, Evaristo Rodriguez-Aguilar, known by most as El Nino, was the Mayor or Alcalde of Caraballo, a rural town in the province of Habana, near the Matanza border. He was a respected leader in his community. His mother, Andrea Rodriguez-Lorenzana, was one of seven sisters.

On Sept. 26, 1971, Daisy and Roberto left their motherland and families of origin. They were determined to take their children out of Cuba and flee Castro’s regime, first to Spain and then to Illinois. Aurora has been their home for over 40 years. Their marriage has been blessed with a daughter (a Sugar Grove resident), two sons, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Much has happened during their 60-year marriage. There has been laughter, tears and lot of hard work, but they stayed together through it all, a miracle in today’s society. Their family and friends raise a glass in their honor, celebrating their 60 years together and wish them many more.

Local residents graduate from NIU

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DEKALB—The following local residents earned degrees from Northern Illinois University at the conclusion of the spring 2015 semester: Zachary Beale (Bachelor of Science), Scott Proctor (B.S.), Lindsey Dodis (B.S.), Garrett Reigel (B.S.), Kathleen Hannemann (Master of Science in Education), Jon Gustafson (Bachelor of Science), Danielle Micek (Bachelor of Arts), Richard Rivard (B.A.) and Emily Heine (Bachelor of Fine Arts), all of Elburn; Neil Wooten (B.S.), Sarah Pfaff (Master of Business Administration), Raquel Ambriz-Sanchez (Master of Science), Michelle Bird (B.S.), Katlin Howard (B.S.), David Hola (B.S.) and Paige Rosenbergh (B.S.), all of Sugar Grove; and Troy Swanson (B.S.), James Tarchala (B.S.), Madeline Greene (B.S.) and Tyler Thompson (B.S.), all of Maple Park.

Meuer receives Hartwick University Franz Boas Award

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ONEONTA, N.Y.—Katie Meuer of Elburn was the recent recipient of the Franz Boas Award in Anthropology at Hartwick College. She is also a member of the Hartwick College Honors Program.

The Franz Boas Award in Anthropology is presented to a graduating senior based on exemplary performance and service to the Anthropology Department.

Meuer, the daughter of Michael and Krista Meuer of Elburn, is majoring in biochemistry and anthropology at the university.

Local residents named to Aurora University dean’s list

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AURORA—The following local residents were named to the Aurora University high honors dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester: Anna Bateman, Nicole Hanlon, Kelly Hess, Alexandra Hultine, Robert Locke, Kelsey Scott, Bryan Soderstrom and Thomas Van Bogaert, all of Elburn; Robin Boroski, Clae Carlson, Jeremy Curtis, Brendan Dunphy, Linnea Favela, Baylee Lancaster, Collin Malina, Victoria Martin and Rachel Michaels, all of Sugar Grove; Lauren Banbury, Ariana Espino and Jordyn Withey, all of Maple Park.

The following local residents were named to the Aurora University dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester: Tyler Carlson, Nicholas McCarney and Natalie Dietrich, all of Elburn; Stephen Colombe, Joshua Rodriguez, Sophie Wallace, Denitza Koleva, Andrew Oesterlin and Rene Schroeder, all of Sugar Grove; Carissa Miller, Paige Robinson and Morgan Newhouse, all of Maple Park.

The Aurora University dean’s list recognizes students who have earned a 3.6 GPA or higher. Students recognized with high honors have earned a perfect 4.0.

Local residents named to Benedictine University dean’s list

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LISLE, ILL.—The following local residents were named to the Benedictine University dean’s list for the spring 2015 semester: Anna Henrichs of Elburn, and Steven Becker Jr., Keriann Groen and Bernadette Pauls, all of Sugar Grove.

The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average or above.

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