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Girls Soccer/Kaneland

Family lineup

Photo: Three sisters, senior Michelle (No. 10), freshman Lauren (4) and junior Heather Ortiz (7), play on the Kaneland varsity soccer team this year. Photo by Lynn Logan Soccer enjoying spoils of three Ortiz sisters on varsity KANELAND—There has been plenty of highlights for Kaneland girls soccer in 2014, with the squad going out to… Keep Reading

Elburn/Kaneland/Sugar Grove

Purple power

Photo: Event organizer and Kaneland junior Samantha Havlin, 17, with her mother Melissa prior to the event. Photo by Lynn Logan Community ‘seizes the purple’ at 5k event KANELAND—Elburn resident Samantha Havlin recently organized the epilepsy awareness event “Seize the Purple,” which took place at Kaneland Harter Middle School on Saturday. Havlin, a junior at… Keep Reading


Teamwork turns discovery of books into opportunity

Photos: Elburn Lions Club members, community supporter Melisa Taylor and surrounding school district (including Kaneland and West Aurora) and community members recently collaborated to compile a large assortment of books for the Elburn Lions for Literacy program to donate. Over 2,000 brand-new books were distributed to surrounding schools and families, including the Guerreros (right), and… Keep Reading


Kaneland students to visit Europe on trip

Photo: A group of Kaneland High School students in June will participate in a service trip to Europe. A previous service trip involved students planting trees at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md., in order to restore the battlefield to its 1863 condition. Photo submitted to KANELAND—Tim Wachter, a sophomore at Kaneland High School… Keep Reading

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House of Steel

Lekkas brothers have lived lives on ice ELBURN—There’s a whole lot of hockey talent in Elburn. Much of it is courtesy of one household. The Lekkas brothers of Elburn have long shown an affinity for hockey, having all participated to various degrees. Even when not participating, the chill of the sport was always around. “Hockey… Keep Reading


D302 Board discusses survey results

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday heard the results of the inaugural Parent Satisfaction Survey. The survey consisted of 30 questions and had participation of Kaneland parents from elementary to high school, with the most completed results coming from the elementary level. A total of 1,346 total parents answered survey questions. The elementary level had… Keep Reading


Kaneland celebrates 15th Fine Arts Festival

Photos: The Kaneland Arts Initiative celebrated its 15th annual Fine Arts Festival on Sunday at Kaneland High School. The event boasted a wealth of professional artists, musicians, dancers and actors. Peter Thaddeus (right) creates an acrylic work of art to add to those displayed around him. Peter has a B.A. in interior design from the… Keep Reading


KHS Students finish seventh in national math competition (external link)

KHS students Erika Carlson, Nick Likeum, Eun Woo (James) Lim, Muhammad (Munib) Rehman and Ethan Witt recently participated in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, and tied for 7th place. The internet-based math modeling competition involved 1,152 teams from high schools all over the country. It’s put on by the Moody’s Foundation, a function of Moody’s… Keep Reading


Triple jump

April always time for KHS track atmosphere to shine KANELAND—KHS track always seems to rise to the occasion, no matter the location. For the month of April, the chance to rise, and go a little farther happens in a setting that has been home to top-of-the-class track competition. For a handful of years, the Jill… Keep Reading


Kaneland senior sets sights on the future

Standout scholar will attend MIT in the fall KANELAND—Ethan Witt’s reputation for scholastic excellence precedes him. A Kaneland High School senior, Witt has scored perfectly on the ACT two times, as well as on other state tests. He’s also one of 39 Kaneland High School Illinois State Scholars. When asked why he strives for the… Keep Reading


Kaneland Scholastic Bowl team celebrates successful season

KANELAND—Ken Dentino experienced success coaching Kaneland High School’s Scholastic Bowl team this school year. Dentino, a math teacher at KHS, gives his team of 20 students some advice from time to time. “Honestly, there’s not a whole lot of coaching that I do other than encourage them to study and have fun with it and… Keep Reading

Faith/Kaneland/Maple Park

Valleybrook Church moves to former middle school

MAPLE PARK—Valleybrook will introduce its new location at the former Kaneland Middle School on Easter Sunday, April 20, with coffee and Panera goodies at 9:30 a.m. and a service at 10 a.m. The former middle school is located at 1N137 Meredith Road, Maple Park. Valleybrook Community Church first opened its doors in the fall of… Keep Reading


Kaneland Foundation to host Fun Run, 5k

KANELAND—The Kaneland Foundation will host its 3rd annual 5k cross country race on Friday, June 20, at 8 p.m. at the Kaneland High School campus/football stadium, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. There will also be a one-quarter-mile kids track run at 7 p.m. and a 1-mile cross country Fun Run/Walk at 7:30 p.m. The 5k… Keep Reading


Bestselling author visits Blackberry Creek

The Blackberry PTO invited children’s author Andrea Beaty (right) to a special visit to Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School on March 17. Beaty spoke with the students about her success as a writer. She brought her new book, “Rosie Revere, Engineer,” which she read along with her book, “Iggy Peck, Architect,” to the classes. Beaty… Keep Reading


Photos: Sales for eveyone

Shoppers brought baskets to fill with their purchased items at Friday and Saturday’s Toy and Clothing Sale at Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School in Elburn. The sale took place March 21-22. Jackson Mannia (right), 4, of Elburn shops for toy deals during Friday’s sale. Dekalb resident Krystal Harley browsed through several clothing items during her… Keep Reading


Photos: All that Jazz

The musical Broadway hit “The Drowsy Chaperone” was presented by KHS March 21-23. Sophomore Nicole DiSandro (right), in character as Janet Van De Graaff, performs the song “Show Off” during dress rehearsal March 20. ‘Man in Chair’ was played by junior James Tockstein. Junior Rachel Miller performs in a straitjacket as the Drowsy Chaperone. Junior… Keep Reading


School Board approves technology purchase

KANELAND—Kaneland students will soon have more technology at their fingertips. The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted to 6-1 approve the purchase of student devices at a total of $225,000. The objective of the purchase is to have a 3-to-1 ratio, which means there will be three students for every one device during the next… Keep Reading


Harter Middle School among ‘Schools to Watch’

KANELAND—Kaneland Harter Middle School was among 115 exemplary middle-grades schools in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia to recently be named “Schools to Watch” as part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform ( The National… Keep Reading

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