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John H. Heinz

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John H. Heinz, beloved husband of Jo Beth, passed away Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.

He was the loving father of Debra (Mark) Lewis and Russell (Sheri); dear “Papa” of Marisa, Brianne (Jeff) Uecke, Alayna, Laurielle, Serena and Giselle; dear brother of Sophie (the late Jim) Walker, Barb (the late Don) Voirol, Gerry (the late Don) Ponziani, Bruce (the late Lynn), the late Otto (Rae Anne), and the late Elaine (the late Ernie) Siefert; uncle and friend to many and loved by all.

John was the proud owner of Precision Stone Co., a classic car collector and avid traveler who was always awaiting the next adventure. His most cherished moments were with his family.

Visitation was Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Norris-Walen-Segert Funeral Home, Douglas Peterson Funeral Director, 132 Fremont St. (one block north of Washington Street and Main), West Chicago, Ill.

Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Assumption Cemetery. Donations to Children’s Memorial Hospital (in honor of his granddaughter Serena) or the Make-A-Wish Foundation are appreciated.

For information, call (630) 231-0060.

David L. Meyers

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David L. Meyers, 79, of Maple Park, woke to celestial grace after passing away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012.

He was born on Sept. 10, 1932, in Sheldon, Wis., the son of Clarence “Clare” and Ann (Warchalowski) Meyers.

David grew up in Sheldon, Wis., and attended local schools. During school, David played and lettered in baseball, basketball and boxing.

Shortly after graduating from Tony High School in 1950, David faithfully served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. When he returned to civilian life in 1953, David and his brother, Dan, both tried out and eventually played minor league baseball. David was a pitcher with a nice knuckle ball, and Dan played second base for Superior Blues, a minor league team for the Chicago White Sox.

David met the woman he would eventually marry in Ladysmith, Wis. Sandra “Sandy” McKnight caught his eye and soon his heart. Following a whirlwind romance, David and Sandy were united in marriage on Sept. 10, 1955. They began their new life together in Ladysmith and welcomed home a daughter, Kimberley, a year later before moving to Aurora, where Jim made the family complete.

After 40 years of memories, David and Sandy moved to Maple Park in 2001.

David’s hands were made for working, and they served him well for over 20 years in the construction trade. Later he would spend 20 more as a custodian for School District 204 until his retirement in 2001.

David was a member of the Barber Greene Hunting and Fishing Club, where he not only caught wildlife but a few tall tales as well.

In his younger years, David enjoyed gardening and took his children asparagus and mushroom hunting. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman—passions that he passed on to his son Jim. Summers always brought baseball, whether he played himself as a young man, coached his son’s Little League team or later as “Pops,” when he played softball alongside his son until his late 50s. No matter where he played, his word was law and his opinions were always right, no matter whether you were a player, spectator or even umpire. He watched his beloved Chicago Cubs with the fervor of a number one fan and lived and died with each win or loss.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Sandy; two children, Kimberley Meyers and Jim (Cindy) Meyers; two grandchildren, Alayna and Alicia Meyers; one brother, Dan Meyers; his mother, Ann Tainter, as well as his fishing and hunting buddy, Frank Wood.

He is preceded in death by his father, Clare Meyers.

Visitation was from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate his life followed visitation at 5 p.m. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

A memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “David Meyers Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

John E. Schull

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John Edwin Schull, 63, of Custer, S.D., and formerly of Mankato, S.D., died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City, S.D.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, at Mankato Mortuary. Visitation was from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial was in Decoria Cemetery in rural Mankato. Memorials may be given to Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.

John Edwin Schull was born Aug. 1, 1948, to Edwin and Romaine (Olson) Schull in Mankato. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1966. After graduation, he briefly attended Mankato State College and Mankato Vo-Tech. He went to work for Sears and Roebuck in 1969. John married Mary Tierney in Good Thunder, S.D., on Sept. 20, 1969. They had one son and two daughters. They lived throughout the Mid-west and the south as John pursued a career with Sears and Roebuck. His final promotion and transfer was to Chicago as a Region Operations Manager. He retired on Feb. 27, 2009, with 40 years of service from Sears Holdings.

In March of 2009, they moved to the Black Hills Region of South Dakota and built their retirement home in Custer, S.D. John loved to ride his motorcycle, go camping, traveling, spending time with his girls, and just doing things around the house.

John will be greatly missed by his wife, his daughters and friends for his kind heart, his humor, his generosity and his love of life.

John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary of Custer, S.D; two daughters, Beth (Chad) Woods of Des Moines, Iowa and Emily (Alek) Nelsen of Waterman, Ill.; his mother, Romaine Schull of Mankato; and numerous other family members and special friends.

John was preceded in death by his son, David John; his father, Edwin John; his sister, Annette.

Huntley Brown to perform at Immanuel Lutheran

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BATAVIA—World-renowned gospel pianist Huntley Brown will continue the Second Sunday concert series at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road, Batavia. The program will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8.

Brown, an Aurora resident, has presented concerts and seminars in Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as throughout the United States. He is now the pianist for the Ruth Graham and Friends Ministries and also is with the Franklin Graham Ministry Team.

The program is free; those who wish may contribute an offering.

Lisa (Claypool) Allen

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Lisa (Claypool) Allen, 47, of Evanston, Ill., passed away on Friday, Dec. 30, with her loving family by her side after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Lisa was born on Nov. 21, 1964, in Elgin, Ill. She attended Kaneland High School and excelled in everything she did. She finished top in her class and was named valedictorian. As an accomplished ballet dancer, Lisa danced the part of the doll in the Nutcracker Suite.

After high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. Lisa also earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Until her illness sidelined her this past fall, Lisa was a speech therapist for the Chicago Public School system.

Lisa is survived by her father, James Claypool of Sugar Grove; children, Joseph and Rose Allen of Evanston, Ill.; and brother, Mark Claypool of Elburn.

Lisa is preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Claypool.

A private, family-only memorial will be held in Evanston.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested gifts be made in Lisa Allen’s name to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, www.nationalbreastcancer.org/donate. Lisa Allen was a high achiever in school, doting mother, loving sister and special friend to many.

Experience Taize Worship at St. Charles Episcopal

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St. Charles—St. Charles Episcopal Church, 994 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles, invites the community to experience Taize Worship on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Worship in the style of Taize, a monastic community in central France, is a service of light and shadows, chant and silence, readings and quiet prayer.

More information is available at www.stcharlesepiscopal.org or (630) 584-2596.

Doris E. Parson

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Doris E. Parson, 87, of Sandwich, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich, Ill.

She was born April 8, 1924, in Springfield, Ill., the daughter of Cecel and Esther (Hood) Dorworth. She was a 1942 graduate of Lanphier High School in Springfield. She was employed by Memorial Hospital in Springfield in the dietary department for 25 years, retiring in 1989. Doris was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sandwich. She was a volunteer at Fox Valley Older Adults for 15 years, did Meals on Wheals for 10 years, enjoyed and was very active living at the Sandwich Manor.

She is survived by one daughter, Darlene Kay (Milton) Martin of Allons, Tenn.; two sons, Wayne (Kathy) Parson of Sugar Grove, and Richard (Corinne) Parson of Aurora; eight grandchildren, Melissa Jeffery, Lisa (Kenneth) Stephens, Theresa (Jeff) Howell, Regina Coons, Tamara (Mike) VanDyke, Captain Peter (Tommye) Nelson of USMC, Michael (Laura) Parson and Stacy (Daniel) Carty; 21 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Master Sgt. Gary Parson of the USMC; one sister, Lola Stewart; and one brother, C. Edward Dorworth.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2, at Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home with Rev. David Kaul officiating. Burial followed at Jericho Cemetery in Sugar Grove. Memorials may be directed to Fox Valley Older Adults in Sandwich.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, at Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home, 606 E. Arnold Road, Sandwich, IL 60548. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com.

Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters

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Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters, of Grand Rapids, Mich., formerly of Elburn, passed away Dec. 21, 2011.

She was born on Aug. 28, 1926, in Roseville, Mich., the fourth daughter of Lubbe “Louis” Janssen and Vallie Lourine (Vaughn) Theesefeld.

She was raised on a farm in Onarga, Ill., and attended local schools.

Lucy graduated from Onarga High School with the class of 1944 before attending Midstate in Peoria, Ill., where she became a certified court reporter for the state of Illinois.

Lucy was united in marriage to Bennie R. Eheart in Aug. 11, 1946, in Buckley, Ill.

They began their new life together by moving to Ft. Lewis in Tacoma, Wash. while Bennie faithfully served his country in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, they settled back in the Buckley and Onarga area before moving to Pontiac, Ill., for a time.

Bennie, while working for the Illinois State Police, was transferred in 1968 to the Aurora Airport, where he was crew chief for the Air Division. The family made a home in Nottingham Woods in Elburn. The Lord took Bennie suddenly in 1985 but gave Lucy another to share her heart and home with when she was married to George Peters in 1988. They continued to make their home in Nottingham Woods before moving to town in 1995. Following George’s passing in 2005, Lucy moved to Delnor Glen and Bickford in St. Charles until declining health brought her into the care of Sunrise of Cascade in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Lucy honed her skills working for both the State’s Attorney and Assistant State’s Attorney in Pontiac, while also being a court reporter for the Honorable Judge Erlenborn in Livingston County Circuit Court. She began working as a paralegal in Batavia for John Gosselin, Attorney at Law, and was also with the firm of Benson, Maier and Gosselin for 22 years.

Lucy was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Lily Lake and active on their worship committee. After moving to Elburn, Bennie and Lucy were also active in the Sugar Grove American Legion Post 1271. Lucy was a member of the Kane County Legal Secretaries and served on an advisor board for the Mid-Valley Area Vocational Center in Maple Park. While married to George Peters, she became a member of the Community Congregational Church in Elburn and was involved in many activities of both the Elburn Lions Club and Elburn American Legion, where she was a member of the Elburn American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.

Lucy had an indomitable spirit and a loving heart that always strove to care for her family. She worked tirelessly to improve their standard of living, proving to her children that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. Lucy also cared for her grandchildren following “semi-retirement” and strove to teach each of them the same values as she did her own children, which included an AFS student, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, who later became involved in diplomacy and is currently the Ambassador for Brazil to the United Nations.

Though her hands were rarely idle, Lucy enjoyed reading historical novels in her spare time. She was a collector of antique books and indulged her artistic side by taking opera appreciation classes, as well as oil painting artistry, later showcasing her skills on canvas as well as through unique cards she made on the computer. Lucy’s love of music led her to achieve three of her life’s goals, seeing Luciano Pavaratti, the Rockettes and the Chicago Symphony while raising her children on Strauss Waltz, Mario Lanza and the Mills Brothers.

Her talents were also renowned in the garden as well as the kitchen—even managing to master preparing the pheasants and rabbits that Bennie brought home every hunting season. If her hands were rarely idle, the same could be said of her feet, which enjoyed square dancing with Bennie. Sundays not only brought church, but also visits to the multitude of relatives in Central Illinois.

In the summer, the family took vacations to fish in Wisconsin and spent many weekends casting lines at her sister Dorothy’s lakeside home. Later in life, Lucy and George enjoyed playing cards with friends, golfing side by side and traveling to Florida every winter to visit her sisters. Lucy was an unforgettable women whose memory will live on forever in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by three children, Drusilla Elaine Pollick, Sandra Diane Theis and Raymond Louis (Sarah) Eheart; eight grandchildren, Aaron Christopher Konen, Corey Patrick Konen and his daughter, Abbygail Anne Marie Konen, Arianna Gabrielle Konen, Leonard T. (Tracy) Weber and their son, Benjamin Weber, David N. (Kristina Romence) Weber and their children, Nelson, Kaylyn and Adam Weber, Laura Eheart and her son, David, Angela Eheart and her children, Mikayleigh and Mackendrick, and Diana Eheart; in addition, she leaves three step-children, Joyce (Marty) Fisher, Jan (Ron) Erdmann and Chris Peters; five step-grandchildren, Katie (Ted) Frank, Drew Fisher, Brett (Jennifer) Erdmann and their daughters, Rachel, Laura and Clare, Brad Erdmann and Erin Peters; two sisters, Dorothy Janssen of Lake Wales, Fla., and Emma Rush of Winterhaven, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Earl Eheart of Piper City, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Nola Eheart of Danforth, Ill.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husbands, Bennie Eheart and George Peters.

Visitation was from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Road, Lily Lake. A funeral service to celebrate her life followed at noon, officiated by Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church. Interment was at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Lucille Peters Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

5-Star Learning Ranch food drive

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PHOTO: Parents of 5-Star Learning Ranch students formed an assembly line checking expiration dates. Courtesy Photo

BATAVIA—The 5-Star Learning Ranch recently held a two-week food drive for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, with staff members and families making donations. As part of the food drive, parents and their children took part in a volunteer field trip to deliver the food. The field trip turned into participation by seven families, with 5-Star Learning Ranch students helping to stock shelves.

The field trip became a real learning experience as the children categorized their donations by food type in the appropriate area of the food pantry.

When the 5-Star volunteers arrived at the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, they found that they had collected two full shopping carts of food.

If you would like to make a donation, the food pantry is located at 100 Flinn Dr. in Batavia. You can also call (630) 879-3784 or e-mail info@bataviafoodpantry.org.

Volunteers are needed and information can be found by e-mailing volunteer@bataviafoodpantry.org.

Elburn native’s artwork displayed at Beloit College

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BELOIT, WIS.—The artwork of Jenny Bauer of Elburn is on display now through March 7 at Beloit College’s Wright Museum of Art.

Bauer is a senior anthropology major and a graduate of Kaneland High School. She is the daughter of Karen and Daniel Bauer.

Bauer’s artwork is part of a class exhibit titled “Seasons,” which explores the many different emotions and associations people have with the seasons.

For more information, see www.beloit.edu.

Kaelyn Rose McGreer

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Sarah and Christopher McGreer welcomed the birth of their daughter, Kaelyn Rose, on Nov. 3, 2011, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva. Kaelyn Rose weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long.

She is the little sister of Aieden, 2, and granddaughter of Dave and Rita Campbell of Maple Park, Don and Pam McGreer of Sugar Grove and Norma Brant of Earlville, Ill.

Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters

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Lucille Lourine Eheart Peters of Grand Rapids, Mich., formerly of Elburn, passed away Dec. 21, 2011.

She was born on August 28, 1926, in Roseville, Mich., the fourth daughter of Lubbe “Louis” Janssen and Vallie Lourine (Vaughn) Theesefeld.

She was raised on a farm in Onarga, Ill., and attended local schools.

Lucy graduated from Onarga High School with the class of 1944 before attending Midstate in Peoria, Ill., where she became a Certified Court Reporter for the state of Illinois.

Lucy was united in marriage to Bennie R. Eheart in Aug. 11, 1946, in Buckley, Ill.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 30, at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Road, Lily Lake. A funeral service to celebrate her life will follow at noon officiated by Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church. Interment will be at Blackberry Township Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Lucille Peters Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.

Local resident joins Castle Bank Mortgage team

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SUGAR GROVE—Kara Morris recently joined Castle Bank as a mortgage loan originator. She will be located at Castle Bank in Sugar Grove.

Morris’ seven years of mortgage experience, as well as an extensive sales background, has given her expert knowledge on what it takes to give quality service.

“I feel the most rewarding part of being a mortgage loan officer is assisting my clients in making their dreams of homeownership a reality,” she said.

Morris resides in the Elburn/Maple Park area and is the proud mother of three Kaneland students. She is actively involved in the community she calls home and volunteers with the Kaneland PTO and various church activities, including youth group and missions projects. She is a member of the Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and the Fox Valley Realtors Association.

“We are very happy to have Kara on board,” Castle Bank Mortgage Sales Manager Brian Schrader said. “Her background and customer service skills will further enhance Castle Bank’s level of quality service to customers and the community.”

Local residents honored by AU for milestone service

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AURORA—James Lancaster, Deborah Stevens-Marchigiani, Amy Manion and Eileen Trnka—all of Sugar Grove, and Marilyn Campbell of Maple Park, were among Aurora University and George Williams College employees honored for five to 45 years of service at the annual fall convocation.

AU President Rebecca Sherrick presented the service awards in Crimi Auditorium to employees from the Aurora and Wisconsin campuses.

Campbell was honored for 30 years of service; Lancaster for 25 years of service; Stevens-Marchigiani and Manion for 10 years of service; and Trnka for five years of service.

Daughter of SG family complete U.S. Navy basic training

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North Chicago, Ill.—Navy Seaman Recruit Tahara Williams, daughter of Donna and Harvey Williams of Sugar Grove, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Williams completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly ”Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

Williams is a 2010 graduate of Utah State University and a 2006 graduate of Mount Notre Dame High School in Cincinnati.

Hansen, Swieca join Aurora University chapter of national honor society

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AURORA—Sophomores Jordan Hansen and Natalie Swieca, both of Sugar Grove, were among 103 Aurora University sophomores inducted into the AU chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

Hansen is a nursing major and is a graduate of Rosary High School. Swieca is a special education major who graduated from Kaneland High School.

Candidates must be full-time students for two semesters and earn a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale for at least one semester during their freshman year.

Waubonsee exhibit features faculty work

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SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College will host its annual art faculty exhibition now through Jan. 14 in the Dickson Center’s Arrowhead Room on the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit features 23 works, including sculpture, ceramics, paintings, drawings and photographs.

The 13 faculty artists include Doug Jeppesen of Sugar Grove and James Kearns of Montgomery.

Sugar Grove’s Quinn, Weigelmann, White Illinois State Scholars

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AURORA—Three Sugar Grove seniors at Marmion Academy were named Illinois State Scholars: Stuart Quinn, Reid Weigelmann and Bradley White.

Rankings are based on a combination of ACT and/or SAT test score results and class rank in the top 10 percent of the state’s graduating seniors at the end of the junior year of high school—unless the students achieved a score at or above the 95th percentile for Illinois students on one of the standardized tests.

Sugar Grove’s Zauner receives gold medal in preschool teaching

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SUGAR GROVE—Samantha Zauner of Sugar Grove was awarded the Gold Medal in the Preschool Teaching competition (post-secondary/college level) at the 2011 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., during a competition earlier this year.

Zauner has been a member of SkillsUSA since her senior year in high school and has placed first in the state in 2008, 2010 and 2011.The 2008 Kaneland High School graduate is currently a student at Illinois State University, where she is pursuing a double major in special education.

While in high school, she received her education in Early Childhood from the district’s Fox Valley Career Center’s Early Childhood Program, where she realized her calling as a teacher and specifically to help those with special needs.

In order to qualify for the national competition, students competed in local and state contests. The state gold medal winners advanced to the national SkillsUSA Championships.

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