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Contorno selected Lincoln Laureate at Illinois Wesleyan

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Photo: Lauren Contorno of Elburn, a senior at Illinois Wesleyan University, is honored as a Student Laureate by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois during a special ceremony Nov. 5 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. Joining her is Illinois Wesleyan’s Frank Boyd Jr. Courtesy Photo

The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and extracurricular activities among college seniors

Contorno and 50 fellow student laureates were honored in a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield, Ill. Accompanied to the event by Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Standards Frank Boyd, Contorno received a Student Laureate Medallion, an honorarium check and certificate of achievement.

Contorno is a political science major at IWU, and in the spring of 2011, she studied in a general studies program at The Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. This past summer, she was a Catastrophe Services Intern at State Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington, where she researched and wrote an extensive report detailing the correlation between climate change and severe storm trends and its possible effects on the insurance industry. Contorno, among other responsibilities, also wrote an all-department summary outlining State Farm’s catastrophe response plan.

Contorno, who has been a participant in the Action Research Seminar in Bloomington, has interned at Marcfirst in Normal, where she collaborated with staff to expand and finalize the curriculum for the School to Work Program for developmentally disabled high school students. She also wrote a grant for funding of the School to Work Program and developed a method to measure and track the success of the program.

Local resident heads to National 4-H Congress

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ATLANTA—Tyler Fabrizius of Maple Park will be one of 30 Illinois teens to gather in Atlanta, Ga., for the 90th National 4-H Congress scheduled for Nov. 25-29.

National 4-H Congress offers states an opportunity to send outstanding 4-H youth to this event and provide them with an expanded educational experience through seminars, community service projects, and tours sponsored by local and national 4-H program donors. Highlighting this year’s event will be author and motivational speaker Dan Thurmon; internationally known speaker, songwriter/recording artist, and author Dan Clark; and Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, one of the youngest women ever to win the pageant, and the first Miss Nebraska ever to win the Miss America title.

All Congress delegates will participate in special cultural programs during the International Dinner and a night of programming at the Atlanta History Center. Other educational experiences during National 4-H Congress will include delegate participation in workshops focusing on cultural differences, team leadership development, and the power of youth.

For more information on University of Illinois Extension 4-H Youth Development programs, find your local University of Illinois Extension Office at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state/index.html.

Student Laureate Contorno honored at Old State Capitol

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SPRINGFIELD—Lauren Contorno of Elburn, a student at Illinois Wesleyan University, will be among the outstanding senior college students honored by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois during the annual Student Laureate Convocation at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield.

The Lincoln Academy’s Student Laureate Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in Illinois. Each student at the Laureate Convocation will receive a Student Laureate Medallion, along with an honorarium check and certificate of achievement.

The Lincoln Academy, unique among the 50 states, was established 47 years ago to honor Illinois’ most distinguished citizens with the state’s highest award, the Order of Lincoln. The 48th Annual Convocation and Investiture of Laureates of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois will take place next April at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.

WCC Student Senators announced at meeting

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Photo: Members of the 2011-12 Waubonsee Community College Student Senate include Corina Quinonez (back, left to right), Jelena Lazic, Paul Bartow, Rami Sa’d, Nicholas Scanlan, Claire Guzior, Lizbeth Camacho and Iliana Rivera, Student Trustee Chris Mortenson (front, left to right), Executive Vice President Dylan Boyer, President Meredith Adamski and Secretary K.C. Vogt. Courtesy Photo

SUGAR GROVE—The 12 elected members of the Waubonsee Community College Student Senate were introduced at the college’s board of trustees meeting on Oct. 19.

The 2011-12 student senator office holders are: President Meredith Adamski of Batavia; Executive Vice President Dylan Boyer of Sandwich; and Secretary K.C. Vogt of Aurora.

Additional student senators include: Paul Bartow of Batavia; Lizbeth Camacho of Oswego; Claire Guzior of Sandwich; Jelena Lezic and Iliana Rivera of Aurora; Christina Penna of Montgomery; Corina Quinonez of Plano; Rami Sa’d of North Aurora; and Nicholas Scanlan of Sugar Grove. Chris Mortenson of Batavia will serve as the 2011-12 student trustee.

During their terms of office, student senate members gain leadership and interpersonal skills, learn to work with budgets, and experience how to organize campus events.

Members of the student senate are responsible for administering student government policies and activities at the Sugar Grove, Aurora, Copley and Plano campuses. They are elected by the student body to serve a term of one academic year.

WCC auto body refinishing competition

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Waubonsee Community College held its third annual auto body refinishing competition. Auto Body Repair staff member Ed Whatley (left to right); third-place finisher Joseph Fingers of Yorkville; first-place finisher Evan Olson of Maple Park; second-place finisher Luis Bustamante of Aurora; and Assistant Professor of Auto Body Repair Andy MacDonald. Courtesy Photo

Local residents participate in Augustana College Choral Ensemble

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—Emily Butts, a sophomore from Elburn who is majoring in elementary education, and Kailey Maras, a senior from Elburn majoring in music education vocal, participated in multiple Augustana College choral ensemble concerts recently.

Bradbury awarded Lake Forest College scholarship

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LAKE FOREST, Ill.—Taylor Bradbury of Sugar Grove has been awarded an Illinois In-State Scholarship to attend Lake Forest College. Bradbury is a graduate of Kaneland High School in Maple Park.

Top Marmion cadets receive military promotions

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AURORA—Marmion Academy’s JROTC program honored 40 cadets with military promotions at the annual Sabre Ceremony last month.

Senior cadets First Sergeant Bradley White and Executive Officer Stuart Quinn, both of Sugar Grove, were presented with a sabre (officers) or a sword (sergeants) by their parents, as they were promoted to the highest ranks available in the JROTC program.

Kevin Murphy graduates from Miami University

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OXFORD, OHIO—Kevin Murphy of Sugar Grove received a bachelor of arts degree from Miami University. Murphy was among 684 students who graduated in the summer term.

Johnson and Salas among graduates from Kishwaukee College

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MALTA, Ill.—The following students completed the requirements for graduation from Kishwaukee College: Sherrie Lynne Johnson of Maple Park, CERT, Basic Nurse Assisting, with distinction; and Michelle Augusta Salis of Sugar Grove, AAS, Radiologic Technology, Summa Cum Laude, PTK.

Malnar and Quinn among AP scholars at Marmion Academy

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AURORA—The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program has named 24 Marmion Academy students AP Scholars. Among them were Edward Malnar of LaFox, named a national AP scholar receiving an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more exams; and Stuart Quinn of Sugar Grove, named an AP Scholar for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more exams.

Markuson receives Eagle Scout award

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MAPLE PARK—Jay Alexander Markuson of Maple Park received his Eagle Scout award for the design and construction of storage shelves at Lazarus House in St. Charles. Markuson is a member of Boy Scout Troop 7, which meets at the Community Congregational United Church of Christ in Elburn.

Gruenke on dean’s list at Carroll University

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WAUKESHA, WIS.—Nursing major Lindsay Gruenke of Aurora was named to the dean’s list at Carroll University for the spring 2011 semester. Students must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale to make the list. Gruenke is a 2008 graduate of Kaneland High School and the daughter of Grant and Barbara Gruenke of Aurora.

Illinois 4-H Foundation honors 52 new inductees

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ILLINOIS—Joseph White of Elburn, a 10-year member and 14-year volunteer with the Illinois 4-H Foundation, was inducted into the foundation’s Hall of Fame on Aug. 13, during the 4-H Family Event at the Illinois State Fair. The Illinois 4-H Foundation established the statewide Hall of Fame in 2005 to honor and celebrate extraordinary 4-H alumni, volunteers, and former 4-H staff. Nominations for the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame are made by University of Illinois Extension staff.

Augustana students to study in London

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill.—Sara Bihner (mathematics and computer science) of Elburn and Phil Christensen (computer science) of Maple Park are among the 45 Augustana College students studying contemporary and historic Britain and Europe from the heart of London. The Fall Term in London Program offers students a chance to explore the area while studying with Augustana and British faculty.

Of the 45 Augustana students enrolled in the London program, 39 applied for and received $2,000 through the college’s Augie Choice Program to help pay for expenses. Augie Choice provides students with the opportunity for the kinds of learning that will make them stand out when they start careers or go on to graduate school.

Park named to dean’s list at University of Northwestern Ohio

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Lima, Ohio—The University of Northwestern Ohio announced that Austin Park of Elburn was named to the dean’s list for the summer quarter 2011 in the College of Business. Students must receive a minimum 3.5 grade-point average to be named to the dean’s list.

McPhee, Stahl in National Merit Scholarship program

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MAPLE PARK—Kaneland High School announced that students Kayley McPhee and Brandon Stahl were named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship program.

Commended students are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They represent the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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