April 13, 2012 1:34PM
Updated: June 14, 2012 1:51AM
Top screenwriters named
BOLINGBROOK — Senior Monica Daugherty has been named Top Screenwriter for 2012 at Bolingbrook High School.
Her short story “Toxic” earned her the honor over finalists freshman Shea Ihne and senior Justin Price. Seniors Jessica Thompson and Juan Vasquez were also nominated for the award.
Senior Kapri Taylor’s short story “The Great Glamis Hotel” was selected as the Best Horror Film Screenplay.
Teen going to NRA summit
PLAINFIELD — Peter Dykhuizen, a junior at Plainfield North High School, was selected to participate in the National Rifle Association’s annual Youth Education Summit, a seven-day expense-paid educational experience in Washington, D.C.
Dykhuizen will learn the significance of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
He was required to complete an application that included the submission of transcripts, an essay about the Second Amendment, a personal statement and three personal recommendations.
After he graduates, he aspires to be admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and from there become an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Chem students to compete
PLAINFIELD — Plainfield North High School seniors Kyle Chynoweth and Ben O’Donnell will be among 1,000 students nationwide to compete in the National Chemistry Olympiad on April 21.
Chynoweth and O’Donnell could earn a chance to compete with the U.S. team at the International Chemistry Olympiad from July 21-30 in Washington, D.C.
The olympiad is an annual competition for the world’s most talented secondary school chemistry students.
Chynoweth and O’Donnell were two of the 14 North AP Chemistry students to take part in the Chemistry Olympiad on March 20 at Lewis University.
Also competing were seniors Samed Arif, Austina Blecha, Kyndal Currie, Katlyn Fayman, Puneeth Kodavatiganti, Mitchell Wagner and Shaw Watkins and juniors Jorell Ferraren, Desiree Mamparo, Ariel Na, Emily Otstott and Katlyn Withner.
Teen earns full ride
SHOREWOOD — Thomas Ridgway, a homeschooled senior from Shorewood, was awarded the Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship for full tuition and a summer study abroad at Vanderbilt University.
Ridgway is a pianist who was featured on WFMT in Chicago for an hourlong program called “Introductions.” The program can still be heard on its website.
Last year, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra named him a “Rising Star,” and he performed in a benefit concert for them. An encore performance will be April 29.
He is the son of Miles and Peggy Ridgway.