April 12, 2012 12:12PM
Updated: May 14, 2012 8:02AM
Student of the month named
MINOOKA — Minooka High School senior Alexis Yakich, the daughter of Larry and Beth Yakich of Channahon, was named the Channahon-Minooka Rotary Club Student of the Month for March.
Alexis maintains a 3.61 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. She is active with several teams and organizations, including the girls’ track and field team, speech team, French National Honor Society and the Student Athletic Training Program, in which she has been recognized as both the rookie of the season and veteran of the season.
Yakich plans to attend Joliet Junior College for one year and then transfer to a four-year university where she will pursue a career in athletic training and physical therapy.
Neon Night promotes driving safety
NEW LENOX — Students at Lincoln-Way West promoted Operation Teen Safe Driving with an event called Neon Night on Feb. 17 at the high school.
The Operation Teen Safe Driving students decorated the gym with neon posters and streamers, and students and children could get their faces painted with neon paint.
Students’ stories earn accolades
PLAINFIELD — Plainfield School District students earned eight of the nine top prizes in the Plainfield Public Library’s annual short story competition open to students in grades 4-6.
At the March 3 finale, children’s author Allan Woodrow, who wrote “The Rotten Adventures of Zachary Ruthless,” judged the competition and spoke.
Winners were as follows:
Fourth grade: first, Aishwarya Marathe (Freedom Elementary School); second, Libby Meagher (Central Elementary School); and third, Isla Gilmour (Lincoln Elementary School).
Fifth grade: first, Layna Givens (Liberty Elementary School); second, Zari Carson (Charles Reed Elementary School); and third, Jake Seeley (Liberty Elementary School).
Sixth grade: first, Ravina Thakkar (Heritage Grove Middle School); and second, Lauren Thibault (Kennedy Middle School).
Scholastic Bowl team on a roll
NEW LENOX — Providence Catholic High School’s varsity Scholastic Bowl team captured both the 2012 IHSA regional championship and the 2012 IHSA sectional championship.
On March 5, Providence hosted the regional, in which the Celtics defeated Sandburg, Lockport and Lincoln-Way Central.
On March 10, the team traveled to Marist High School where it competed against Homewood-Flossmoor, Lincoln-Way North and Lincoln-Way East. The Celtics won the sectional after defeating Homewood-Flossmoor 280-255 and Lincoln-Way East 260-150.
The 2011-2012 team is the first in the school’s history to win both regional and sectional titles.
The team is moderated by Chris Tagler, an accounting and economics teacher, and includes senior Alex Campbell of Mokena, senior Sean Connelly of Tinley Park, senior Taylor Hopkins of Beecher, senior Jeff Marini of Tinley Park, senior Jim Richert of Tinley Park, senior Dominic Sanfilippo of Tinley Park, senior Logan Springgate of New Lenox, senior Zach White of Channahon, junior Alissa Alberico of Manhattan, junior Nick Anderson of Elwood, junior Mary Strickler of Tinley Park and sophomore Eric Connelly of Tinley Park.
Winterguard earns world ranking
FRANKFORT — The Lincoln-Way North High School Winterguard picked up five consecutive wins and a No. 2 in the world ranking.
The 14-member Winterguard took first place at the 2012 Cincinnati Color Guard Regional, earning it a No. 2 spot in the world guard rankings.
Winterguard director is Tammy Edders. Members are Laura Reis, Shannon Miller, Michelle Anderson, Dana Keck, Kayleigh Deal, Alyssa Lyen, Teresa Novak, Stephanie Casimiro, Jill Labriola, Brandy Benak, Abby Baguisa, Jordan Phillips, Kari Steinke and Alec Chase.