May 25, 2012 3:28PM
Retiring Superintendent Garry Raymond and his wife, Deb, greet former school board President Mike Petty and his wife, Sharon, at the Lockport Township High School open house in Raymond's honor. | submitted photo
Updated: June 28, 2012 12:54PM
Open house for official
LOCKPORT — Hundreds of community members attended an open house at Lockport Township High School for an opportunity to shake retiring Superintendent Garry Raymond’s hand and thank him for a job well done.
Raymond is retiring after serving as the district’s leader for seven years.
“I am very humbled to see so many of my past colleagues and current staff come through those doors today,” Raymond said. “It has been a true honor to serve as the superintendent of District 205 and it’s hard to say goodbye, though I know I leave the district in great hands.”
Todd Wernet, who serves as the assistant superintendent of personnel, will replace Raymond on July 1.
Girl competes in pageant
ROMEOVILLE — Viviana Garcia, daughter of Laura and Nestor Garcia of Romeoville, was selected to participate in the 2012 Miss Pre-Teen Chicago pageant competition on June 3.
Garcia will compete in the Miss Pre-Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages 7 and 19 competing in modeling routines, which include casual wear and formal wear.
JROTC Academic Bowl
FORT KNOX, Ky. — After advancing through two phases of competition, Joliet Central High School Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps academic team will compete in the championship round of the 2012 Army JROTC Academic Bowl Championship June 22-26 in Washington, D.C.
During two rounds of competitive online play, Joliet Central’s Army JROTC team earned top scores out of 1,583 teams. Students were tested on their knowledge using SAT/ACT-type questions in the areas of JROTC curriculum, English, math and science.
The winner will compete against the winners of the Air Force JROTC and Navy JROTC Academic Bowls in the new JROTC Tri-Service Academic Bowl Championship.
Teacher wins grant
PLAINFIELD — Renee Streicher, a fourth-grade teacher at St. Mary Immaculate School, has been awarded a National Endowment of Humanities grant to attend a workshop entitled “Contested Homelands: Knowledge, History, and Culture of Historic Santa Fe.”
Streicher is one of 80 teachers throughout the United States chosen for the program.
Streicher will travel to Santa Fe, N.M., in June for a weeklong workshop.
JJC honors tutor
JOLIET — Eduvina Onate, a tutor for Adult Education and Literacy at Joliet Junior College, was honored with an Outstanding Tutor award at the annual On the Road to Literacy Conference. The award was made by Literacy Volunteers of Illinois and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Literacy.
In nominating Eduvina for the award, Mandy Paquette of JJC, said, “When I match students with Eduvina Onate, I know that they will benefit not only from her enthusiastic and knowledgeable instruction, but also from her personal experience as an ESL/Adult Education Learner. ”
Student wins scholarship
PLAINFIELD — St. Mary Immaculate School eighth-grader Matt Ratajczyk won the CCW Bishop Blanchett Scholarship. He plans to attend Montini Catholic High School in Lombard next year.
The scholarship was established in 1982 and honors the late Bishop Romeo Blanchette.
Students are nominated by their parishes. Scholarship awards are made on the basis of scholastic achievement, financial need, and a statement from candidates in which they express their reasons for wanting a Catholic education.