March 23, 2012 4:58PM
Updated: May 24, 2012 1:55AM
School thanks bilingual group
LOCKPORT — The Lockport Township High School Board honored members of its Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee for their commitment and dedication to aiding students in the bilingual program.
Parents of the district’s 45 bilingual students elected President Adolfo Mora, Vice President Abel Quezada and Secretary Felipe Dominguez to serve on the committee.
They have met multiple times to promote effective practices in the school system to support the academic achievements of all English Language Learner students.
Student selected for conference
JOLIET — Edwin Cervantes, 21, of Joliet was one of eight Job Corps students chosen from 124 centers nationwide to attend the annual Home Builders Institute conference in Orlando, Fla.
Cervantes, a Joliet Central High School graduate, is a top-performing student, said his teacher, William Osipczuk, who nominated him.
Cervantes has been certified in ceramic tile setting and is nearly finished in facilities maintenance. He has performed many hours of volunteer work while a student at Joliet Job Corps.
Student named a top scholar
ROMEOVILLE — Romeoville High School senior Aron Nava is one of 135 students statewide to be named a 2012 Golden Apple Scholar.
Nava, a three-sport athlete who also participates in Student Leadership Club and the RHS Best Buddies program, will receive a $2,500 scholarship for his first two years of college and $5,000 for each of his last two years in college. He will be honored at a special reception at DePaul University.
“The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois is a highly competitive program that seeks the best and brightest Illinois youth interested in a teaching career,” said Jim Sorensen, director of the program.
Golden Apple Scholars must earn a bachelor’s degree at one of 53 Illinois universities that participate in the program, obtain Illinois teacher certification and teach for five years in an Illinois school of need.
Cooks competing in contest
Three young cooks will pack up their knives, equipment and ingredients and travel to Detroit next month for the American Culinary Federation’s Central Regional Conference at MotorCity Casino Hotel.
During the event from April 14-16, they will compete against one another for the title of ACF Central Region Student Chef of the Year. The winner will advance to the national competition in July in Orlando, Fla.
One of the candidates is Oswaldo Arechiga of Joliet, a cook at Truth Restaurant in Joliet and a student at Joliet Junior College. He will earn an associate’s degree in culinary arts in fall 2012. He is a member of ACF Louis Joliet Chapter.
Chamber hosts business expo
FRANKFORT — The Frankfort Chamber of Commerce hosted its 28th annual Business Expo Showcase on March 3 at Lincoln-Way East High School. More than 100 local businesses participated in the event.
Frankfort Expo Chairman Don Olivieri Jr. announced raffle winners: adult first, Ron Gryga of Frankfort; adult second, Kevin Cunningham; adult third, Pamela Pivaronas of New Lenox; adult fourth, Margaret Slade of Frankfort; children’s first, Anna Sorensen of Frankfort; children’s second, Austin Borgman of Frankfort.
Associated Orthodontists was awarded a free booth for the 2013 expo in a random drawing.
Jehovah’s Witness training
ROMEOVILLE — A record number of 836 members of the local congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses attended their annual Circuit Assembly for Bible training and worship.
Rodney Scogin, David Dickerson, Matthew Ebert, Bradley Gangler, Elliot Jefferson and Armand LaValle shared in presenting the program of instruction.
Fifteen people from congregations in Crest Hill, Frankfort, Joliet, Lockport, New Lenox, Romeoville, Shorewood and Wilmington were baptized.