Category Archives: Hometown

Dolbeer named to Columbia College Chicago dean’s list

CHICAGO—Hannah Dolbeer, a film and video major, and Jonathan Pivovar, a photography major, both of Elburn; and Elizabeth Kennedy, a fashion design major, and Chelsea Roberts, a theatre major, both of Maple Park; were named to the Columbia College Chicago dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester.

To be named to the dean’s list at Columbia College Chicago, students must have taken at least 12 credit hours and have a 3.75 grade point average or above for that semester.

Witte named to dean’s list at Saint Mary’s College

NOTRE DAME, Ind.—Sugar Grove resident Michelle Witte recently received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College, and also named to the college’s dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester.

Michelle is the daughter of Diann and John Witte of Sugar Grove.

To earn academic honors at Saint Mary’s, a student must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.6 on a 4.0 scale, have at least 12 graded credit hours, no incompletes, and no grades lower than a C.

Cole named state finalist for National Miss Illinois

ELBURN—A 16-year-old from Elburn will compete for the title of National American Miss Illinois after being chosen as a state finalist.

Madeline Grace Cole will compete in the Junior Teen division at the pageant held on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 4 and 5, at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. The winner receives $1,000 cash, the official crown and banner, a trophy, roses, and an all-expense paid trip to California for the national pageant.

Pheasant Run is at 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles.

Local residents named to Missouri University of Science and Technology honor list

Daniel James Broecker of Elburn, a junior in metallurgical engineering, and Brian P. Bakala of Sugar Grove, a junior in mechanical engineering, were named to the Missouri University of Science and Technology, formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla, honor list for the 2011 spring semester.

Those on the list carried a minimum of 12 hours and had grade point averages of 3.2 or above out of a possible 4.0

Missouri Science and Technology is one of four campuses in the University of Missouri System and one of the nation’s top technological research universities.

Swartz named to Millikin honors program

In recognition of outstanding scholastic achievements, Bethany Swartz of Elburn was recently accepted into the Honors Scholars Program at Millikin University.

Proving eligibility for the program, Swartz demonstrated high academic achievement on standardized tests, ranked in the top 10 percent of her high school class, and completed a successful honors scholarship interview at Millikin.

Swartz is a graduate of Kaneland High School and plans to study music performance at Millikin. She is the daughter of Robert and Valerie Swartz.

Kuhn awarded scholarship from Paul Davis Restoration

Jack O’Connell, owner of Paul Davis Restoration of Kane, Kendall, and West Cook Counties, announced that his company awarded a $500 scholarship to Holly Louise Kuhn of Sugar Grove. Holly is a student at Rosary High School and received the honor for an essay about her father.

Phil Kuhn, a firefighter in St. Charles, was featured in his daughter’s essay about his dedication to saving lives while working in a perilous occupation. Holly honored her father with a portion of the essay that explained Phil’s courage and hard work to support the family. Holly also shared her thoughts about the support and kindness she received from local firefighters during a recent family member’s health set back.

The scholarship was awarded on June 14 at Phil Kuhn’s fire station. The event was attended by Holly’s mother, grandparents, and friends, along with firefighters and St. Charles Fire Department Lieutenant Daren Peterson. The surprise presentation brought tears to the eyes of those present.

“Holly was so thankful and definitely excited. As Holly read her essay aloud, her mom, Katie, started to cry. Her father was thankful and very proud of his daughter,” O’Connell said. “We were honored to present the reward to Holly and will continue to offer this scholarship next year.”

The Paul Davis scholarship opportunity was launched in March for any child or dependent of a firefighter or emergency medical personnel who plans to pursue postsecondary education at an accredited community college, college, university or technical college.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be currently enrolled in high school or as an undergraduate student. A parent or legal guardian must be a current volunteer or a career fire and rescue responder in the following towns; North Aurora, Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles or Elburn.

Applicants were required to submit a 500-word essay on what it means to have a parent or guardian as a firefighter.

For more information and essay forms for scholarship awards, contact Bianca Murkowski at Paul Davis Restoration, (630) 499-8002 or e-mail

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley awards scholarships

KANE COUNTY—The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley recently awarded 16 scholarships to southwestern Kane County residents for the 2011-12 academic year. The potential value of these scholarships over the next four years is $44,500.

The purpose of the Community Foundation Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to students who are academically qualified to pursue an advanced education in their chosen field of study. Scholarships are established within the Community Foundation by individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, civic clubs and through bequests.

• Alexander Family Scholarship: Jordan Krawczyk (Maple Park)
• Shirley Borel Journalism Scholarship: Rebecca Herwaldt (Sugar Grove)
• Lorraine B. Bryant Memorial Scholarship: Tara Czepiel (Sugar Grove)
• Howard E. Charles, Jr. Scholarship: Sarah Clarkson, Madeline Shurtleff (Elburn)
• Garfield Farm Museum Historic Administration Scholarship: Allison Kupar (Elburn)
• Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Illinois Waubonsee Community College Graduates Scholarship: Anita Plachczynska (Sugar Grove)
• Irene & Marie Oberweis Nursing Scholarship: Catherine Pauls (Sugar Grove)
• David B. Perry Scholarship: Brock Feece, Caitlyn Young (Elburn)
• Robert G. Schweitzer Scholarship: Todd Clapp, John Kintz (Sugar Grove)
• Margaret Mercer Stewart Scholarship: Jelena Lazic (Sugar Grove)
• Carl E. Swanson & Clara M. Swanson & Family Scholarship: Holly Thomas (Sugar Grove)
• Louis Vago Scholarship: Marin Lehman (Sugar Grove)

Citizens interested in creating scholarship funds to support the continuing education of southwestern Kane County students are invited to contact the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley by calling (630) 896-7800 or visiting our web site at

Davidson named to dean’s list at Ripon

Nathaniel Davidson, a first-year history major from Elburn, has been named to the dean’s list at Ripon College for the spring 2011 semester, which recognizes academic excellence. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert B. Davidson.

To qualify for the dean’s list at Ripon College, students must achieve a 3.4 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale and complete at least 12 credits of regular letter-graded work.

Elburn resident elected County Clerk at Boys State

Elburn—Premier Boys State of Illinois, a citizenship training program sponsored by the American Legion, and funded in part by various community service organizations, has announced that William Osborne III, a resident of Elburn, has been elected to the position of County Clerk in his county at Boys State. William is the son of Tammy Osborne.

The Boys State citizenship program features two hypothetical political parties which are not affiliated with existing political parties in Illinois. Candidates campaigned on political platforms and programs unique to the Boys State experience.

Boys State is a mythical 51st state with a constitution, and a body of laws found in most state governments. A week of campaigning, along with classes on citizenship, culminates with the election of a Boys State Governor.

The American Legion Boys State program, which operates in all 50 states, originated in Illinois in 1934.

Krauss named to dean’s list at Bryan

Wendy Krauss of Sugar Grove is among the 181 students named to the Bryan College dean’s list for the spring 2011 semester.

Students earn dean’s list recognition by recording a grade average in the top 25 percent of grades by students in the traditional undergraduate program for that semester.

Wendy, daughter of Mark and Donna Krauss, was recognized for outstanding academic performance.

Local resident graduates from WCC

KANEVILLE—Alexa Hill of Kaneville recently graduated from Waubonsee Community College with an associates degree in business management. She will continue her studies at Aurora University in the fall.

Alexa is also a member of the National Technical Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Beta Gamma, and made the dean’s list.