DES MOINES, IOWA—The following local residents graduated from Drake University at the conclusion of the spring 2014 semester: Dennis Brettman (Bachelor of Arts from the College of Arts & Sciences) and Kelly Shaw (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Business & Public Administration) of Elburn, and Connor McCourtney (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Business & Public Administration) of Sugar Grove.
Will attend Indiana State University this fall
ELBURN—You could say Brittany Kemp’s most recent accomplishment was a slam dunk of an achievement.
Kemp, an Elburn resident who is a Kaneland High School senior and a basketball and track athlete, will attend Indiana State University (ISU) this coming fall. And she recently earned the title of a President’s Scholar upon receiving the President’s Scholarship.
That means Kemp will get free tuition and premium housing at an honors dorm at ISU, from freshman to senior year.
Kemp is one out of 20 students in the country selected to be an ISU President’s Scholar.
“It really hasn’t sunk in,” Kemp said. “I’m just really excited.”
Andy Franklin, counselor at Kaneland High School, said that Kemp is “well deserving” of the President’s Scholarship.
“She’s one of those really focused students who definitely knows what she wants, and will go the extra mile to accomplish her goals,” he said.
Kemp plans on studying pre med at ISU and has hopes to work in the pediatric or forensic psychiatrist field.
Kemp has made many accomplishments during her high school career. She has a 3.98 grade point average and has been in the National Honor Society her junior and senior years.
“It makes me happy to succeed in school,” she said.
Kemp has been a Knights of Distinction member, played on Kaneland’s basketball team and is the co-captain of the track team. She’s also participated in DECA and student council, and mentored freshmen in Peer Leadership.
The list doesn’t end there, as Kemp has done community service for Toys for Tots, Marklund Foundation and Kaneland Silver Stars.
Motivation clearly isn’t an issue for her.
“I am motivated by my parents,” Kemp said. “I just like making them proud of me.”
Although Kemp has played sports most of her life, she said that she is not going to play sports in college.
She anticipates that college will be “more difficult than high school,” and her goal is to maintain a high GPA so that she can keep her scholarship, which will also allow her to study in Germany.
“I really want to push myself,” she said.
Meanwhile, it seems that Kemp’s mom, Wendy, is one of her biggest cheerleaders.
“She is just so kind and good-hearted,” Wendy said. “That’s to me what stands out.”
Kemp’s father, Daryl, is just as big a fan of Brittany.
“We’re very proud of her,” Wendy said. “And we love her. And she has succeeded just everything we could ever imagine.”
AURORA—Aurora University freshman Lisa Rodriguez of Sugar Grove was named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Week.
Rodriguez helped lead the Spartans to a second place finish at the Wheaton College Invitational April 5, winning the 200-meter dash (26.08 seconds), finishing third in the 100-meter (12.70) and participating in the winning 4×100 relay team (49.72). The times in the 200-meter dash and 4×100 relay set AU school records.
ROMEOVILLE, ILL.—The following local residents were recently named to the Lewis University dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester: Abigail Dodis (biochemistry), Alec Koczka (aviation maintenance management), John Scholl (air traffic control management) and Kelly Kovacic (air traffic control management), all of Elburn; and Abby Michels (special education/elementary education) and Emily Thomas (nursing—generic) of Sugar Grove.
To be eligible for the Lewis University dean’s list, students must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit with a grade point average of 3.5 out of a possible 4.0.
Lady Knight star-turned-college libero wins prestigious Augustana honor
ROCK ISLAND, ILL.—For a rising Kaneland volleyball program in the beginning of this decade, Class of 2012 athlete Kylie Siebert of Sugar Grove could be seen digging plenty of attempts from opponents.
After two seasons as a libero for the Division III Augustana Vikings, Siebert has dug up some high accolades.
As starting libero for the Vikings, most recently 16-15 and owners of back-to-back winning records for the first time in six years, Siebert was named Most Valuable Player for the 2013-14 Augustana unit for her exceptional play.
That came on the heels of earlier namings to the All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin team and All-CCIW academic all-conference list.
“It’s definitely an honor,” Siebert said on Monday. “As a libero, we sometimes get overlooked.”
From a stint on the KHS squad that won 55 matches during her varsity stay, to a rigorous college circuit, Siebert was glad to have some preparation.
“It’s a lot more commitment. You have to be mentally and physically ready, and it’s a lot different of a workload,” Siebert said.
The sophomore averaged 5.3 digs a game for the Vikings, the fourth best single season rate in program history. The former Lady Knight was also third on the team with 109 assists.
Raising her game against the rotation of capable CCIW teams was satisfying to the former Northern Illinois Big XII MVP.
“There’s teams like Elmhurst, Wheaton, North Central and Carthage. We kind of struggled and get looked at as the underdogs, so this season was a big step,” Siebert said.
Siebert, attending Augustana for a business and marketing major with a minor in multimedia journalism, doesn’t plan to rest after the nice bounty of awards.
“I’m very competitive and I push myself. I’m in a lifting program now and it’s helping out,” Siebert said.
The CCIW leader in average digs per game with 5.95 per conference tilt, Siebert is already looking to a productive back half of her college tenure after adjusting to the high level.
“The college game is very disciplined, and you have to adjust and go with it,” Siebert said. “We have a new coach next year (Kelly Bethke), and I think we can fight to get in the top half of the conference.”
GENEVA—The Fox Valley Hawks honored its seniors Sunday, which included an Elburn and a Sugar Grove resident.
Kaneland senior and Elburn resident Mike Potvin, an assistant captain and left wing, started playing hockey at age four, plans to attend Waubonsee Community College next year.
Mike Hill, a Sugar Grove resident and senior at Aurora Central Catholic High School, has been playing the last four years, and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin/Platteville majoring in Engineering.
The hockey team, consisting of players from Aurora Central Catholic, Batavia, Kaneland, St. Charles East and St. Charles North high schools, plays at Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva.
WHITEWATER, WIS.—Alyson Harner of Elburn was named to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater dean’s list for the 2013 fall semester.
Students named to the dean’s list have demonstrated their academic abilities by receiving a grade point average of 3.4 or above in a single semester.
MILWAUKEE—The following Sugar Grove residents were recently named to the Marquette University dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester: Amy Weigelmann (B.S. in accounting), Kari Hinterlong (B.S. in biomedical sciences), Brian Hinterlong (B.S. in electrical and electronic sciences), Erin Rodway (B.S. in nursing), Mary Hurrell (B.A. in public relations) and Hannah O’Connor (B.S. in speech pathology and audiology).
MACOMB/MOLINE ILL.—The following local residents were named to the Western Illinois University dean’s list for the 2013 fall semester: Jonathan Britz (B.S. in law enforcement and justice administration) of Elburn, and Sarah Goodrich (cum laude, B.S. in education, special education) and Molly Trafton (B.S. in education, elementary education) of Maple Park.
SUGAR GROVE—The following local students were inducted into Waubonsee Community College’s Alpha Beta Gamma international honor society on Dec. 4: Scott Horvath of Elburn; Lauren Allen and James Boyle of Sugar Grove; and Vernon Gochee of Maple Park.
NASHVILLE—Joseph Kenkel of Elburn was recently named to the Belmont University dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. Eligibility for the dean’s list is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.
BELOIT, WIS.—Elizabeth Dickenson of Elburn was recently named to Beloit College’s dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester.
To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.4 or higher and take a minimum of three letter-graded units for the term.
BELL BUCKLE, TENN.—Grace Archibald of Elburn was recently named to The Webb School’s B honor roll for second quarter of the 2013-14 school year.
Archibald is currently a 10th-grader at The Webb School.
EVANSVILLE, IND.—Eric Meuer of Elburn was recently selected to perform at the Department of Music’s 34th annual Holiday Pops concert. Meuer is majoring in music therapy at the University of Evansville.
Holiday Pops took place on Dec. 10 in Downtown Evansville’s Victory Theatre. The free concert brought together UE ensembles and soloists, including the university’s choirs, orchestra, wind, brass and jazz ensembles.
ROCK ISLAND, ILL.—The following local residents were named to the Augustana College dean’s list for the 2013 term: Emily Butts (elementary education), Benjamin Hodges (biology) and Elizabeth Kupar, all of Elburn; and Malory Groen (biochemistry), Anna Novotny (communication sciences and disorders) and Kylie Siebert (business administration—advertising), all of Sugar Grove.
Students named to the Augustana College dean’s list have maintained a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale for courses taken during the term.
EVANSTON, ILL.—Kayley McPhee of Maple Park was recently named to Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester.
PEORIA, ILL.—The following Elburn residents were named to the Bradley University dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester: Haley Euting, Vincent Micek, Andrew Raver and Anthony Sperando.
To be eligible for the Bradley University dean’s list, a student must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester on a 4.0 scale.
EVANSVILLE, IND.—Eric Meuer of Elburn recently achieved a place on the University of Evansville Dean’s List for academic achievements during the fall semester 2013. Meuer is majoring in music therapy.
To make the dean’s list, a student at UE must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
SUGAR GROVE—A Waubonsee Community College student who already has dedicated countless hours to serving her hometown of Aurora has been selected to receive the Ted Brattin Civic Youth Award.
Zayra Juarez, 19, of Aurora, was one of 10 local students honored with the award on Dec. 9, during a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Aurora.
The award and luncheon, sponsored by the Aurora Rotary, the Aurora Navy League and Aurora University, annually recognizes Fox Valley students, ages 13-19, who have exhibited qualities of civic involvement, leadership and community service through school and community activities.
Juarez has volunteered since she was 15 years old. For the last four years, she has served in after school and summer camp programs at First Presbyterian Church in Aurora. Participants in the programs receive tutoring, mentoring and the opportunity to use the church’s gym, as well as religious instruction.
Juarez has also served as a volunteer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, walking door-to-door to help Aurora residents register to vote and supporting the coalition’s efforts to make drivers licenses available to more immigrants.
Further, she and her father have also parlayed a newfound love of bicycling into a new community service venture, launching a “recycled bicycle repair shop,” providing low-cost bicycle repair to her community.
Juarez said her experiences working in the community inspired her to major in political science, with an eye toward international law.
At Waubonsee, she serves as secretary for Latinos Unidos, a student organization providing cultural opportunities for students and fostering awareness of the richness of Latino culture. She also is active in Waubonsee’s Christian Fellowship student organization.
“This community service helped me reach my inner potential,” Juarez said. “I learned that having a voice in the community can make many changes and all for the good of everyone.”
ATLANTA—Patrick Cole of Elburn was recently selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, an organization that recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.
Cole is an Aurora Christian Schools students.