Category Archives: Hometown

Roy named to Carroll dean’s list

Kaitlin Roy, an exercise science major, was named to the dean’s list at Carroll University for the spring 2009 semester. To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade point average for the semester of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale.

Kaitlin is a 2006 graduate of Kaneland High School and daughter of Mike and Bernie Roy of Elburn.

WCC Phi Theta Kappa hapter earns awards

SUGAR GROVE—At the recent Illinois Region Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Conference, Waubonsee Community College’s Phi Omicron Chapter earned several awards, including a Five-Star designation. This is the third straight year the chapter has earned PTK’s highest honor.

Individual awards went to Andrea Jennings, of Aurora, and Thomas McDuffee of Geneva, who earned Outstanding Officer and Outstanding Member—Hall of Honor, respectively.

Eight Waubonsee students attended the conference at Kaskaskia Community College in Centralia last month, including Jennings, Monika Kastle and Ranjit Kaur of Aurora; Mark Cox of Oswego; Tom Aguirre and Nadia Elgindy of North Aurora; Anna Lisa Hofmeyer, of Sugar Grove; and Ian Montrose of Geneva.

Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges.

Nygren completes basic training

Navy Seaman recruit Douglas E. Nygren, a 1992 graduate of Broadview Academy, La Fox, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Nygren completed training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet, galvanizing the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance.

UIC announces spring graduates

The following local students received undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago at the May commencement:

Jeanette Klotz (Maple Park, Bachelor of Science in nursing), Ashley Long (Elburn, Bachelor of Arts) and Jacqueline Mangers (Maple Park, Bachelor of Science in nursing).

The following local students received graduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago at the May Commencement:

Cristen Baldonieri (Maple Park, Master of Social Work) and Jessica Baldonieri (Maple Park, Master of Social Work).

An Elburn resident, Ashley Harrington, also from the University of Illinois at Chicago received her doctorate in dental surgery.

Evers named to Loras dean’s list

Loras College Provost Cheryl Jacobsen, Ph.D., announced the names of students who achieved dean’s list status for the 2009 spring semester. Traci Evers of Sugar Grove was named to the list.

A student must earn a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours to be recognized.

ISU announces spring 2009 dean’s list

Seven local residents were among the 506 students named to the Illinois State University spring 2009 dean’s list.

The local students include Bryant Storm, Michael Thorgesen and Amy Weissenburger, all of Elburn; Samantha Perr of Maple Park; and Kathleen Cruger, Amber Fessler and Katelyn Rogers, all of Sugar Grove.

To be named to the ISU dean’s list, students must have a grade point average that places them in the top 10 percent of their class.

Waubonsee Foundation awards more than $100,000 in scholarships

SUGAR GROVE—For the upcoming 2009-10 academic year, the Waubonsee Community College Foundation awarded 152 scholarships totaling $104,274 to 143 recipients. The following are local winners:

• John Acksel Memorial Scholarship
David Bartel, Elburn
• Birth Care Staffing Specialists, Inc.
Nursing Scholarships
Jennifer Wilcznski, Sugar Grove
• Penelope (Penny) Cameron Endowed
Anita Plachczynska, Sugar Grove
• Cari Carter Memorial Scholarship
Leah Richards, Sugar Grove
• Evar Erickson Memorial Scholarship
Jessica Arnold, Sugar Grove
• Geneva Lions Club Scholarships
Melanie Hatch, Maple Park
• Thomas L. Glass Memorial Scholarship
Mary Trotier, Elburn
• ICCSF-Illinois Association of Fire
Protection Districts Scholarships
Eric Geiger, Elburn
• Kaneland W.I.N.S. Scholarship
Alexa Hill, Elburn
• Jami Knowles Memorial Scholarship
Jessica Snow, Elburn
• Lifelong Learning Institute Scholarships
Anthony Gaudio and Anita Plachczynska, both of Sugar Grove
• Real Estate Brokers, Developers and
Realtors Scholarship
Kyle Slammans, Sugar Grove
• Shodeen Family Scholarships
Kevin Huber, Sugar Grove
• WCC Foundation Directors Scholarships
Ashley Wilczynski and Elaine Herkes, both of Sugar Grove

Local students named to Augustana dean’s list

Nine hundred thirty-nine students have been named to the spring term dean’s list at Augustana College for the 2008-2009 academic year. Students receiving this honor have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for courses taken during the 2009 spring term.

Local students earning the honor include Matthew Bowman (Elburn; art history), Tara Czepiel (Sugar Grove; biology and Spanish) and Patrick Manser (Elburn; general studies).

Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Carson selected for highest FFA degree

Sarah Carson of the Kaneland FFA was recently recognized at the 81st Annual Illinois FFA Convention as a candidate for the American FFA Degree.

After approval by the National FFA, Carson will receive the degree at a special ceremony at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October.

The American FFA Degree is the highest degree of membership in the FFA—only presented to approximately one member in 700 of the more than 470,000 FFA members.

NIU announces Spring 2009 dean’s list

Northern Illinois University anounced its dean’s list for the spring of 2009.

Local students named to the list include Stephanie Dietiker, Kelsey Drendel, Krista Escamillo, Ian Essling, James Gust, Alex Arnold, Meredith Haring, James Harrison, Jessica Johnson, Spencer Johnson, Joseph Krachala and Dominick Parillo, all of Elburn; Kelsey Borg, Danilla Colosi, Cherlyn Ladford, Rachel Mcdowell, Drew Olson, Ashley Schultz and Amy Seyller, all of Maple Park; Raquel Debartolo, William Homan, Linda Huber, Emily Krickl, Sarah McLennan, Kara Payne, Monica Ratlu, Brittany Schirmer, Ashley Schroeder and Lindsay Stahl, all of Sugar Grove.

Students enrolled in the colleges of Business, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Visual Arts, and Health and Human Sciences must have a minimum semester grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale to be named to the dean’s list. Students enrolled in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology must meet a minimum semester grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

AU shows student art

Gregory Cheatham of Sugar Grove is among several Aurora University student artists exhibiting paintings, drawings and photography in the school’s ninth-annual student art show, which runs through September 7.

The display is free to the public in the Schingoethe Gallery in Dunham Hall, 1400 Marseillaise Place, Aurora.

The exhibit is part of AU’s 2008-09 Celebrating Arts and Ideas series. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Quinn graduates from basic training

Army National Guard Pfc. Sean Quinn graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During nine weeks of training, Quinn received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

He is the son of Gail Quinn of Sugar Grove, and brother of Callie Matheny of Aurora.

Quinn is a 2003 graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School.

Boor named to dean’s list

Jillian Boor of Elburn was recently named to the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences dean’s list for the spring 2009 semester at Marquette University.

To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a minimum course load of 12 credits and a minimum grade-point average of 3.7.

Boor will graduate in December 2009 with a dual degree in criminology and social welfare and justice.

WIU announces Spring 2009 graduates

More than 1,550 students earned academic degrees after the spring 2009 semester at Western Illinois University’s Macomb and Quad Cities campuses, and through extended studies. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded to 1,250 students.

Elburn residents receiving honors and degrees included Sean Kozak, (Summa Cum Laude—GPA of 3.9 or higher), Bachelor of Science, Law Enforcement & Justice Administration; Nick Levita, Bachelor of Arts, Communication; and Nate Macklin, Master of Arts, Law Enforcement & Justice Administration.

Sugar Grove residents receiving degrees were Joseph Mandele, Bachelor of Business, Management and Kate Stralka, Bachelor of Social Work, Social Work.

Area resident earns degree at Kettering

After successfully completing requirements at Kettering College of Medical Arts, Joanne Shona Cross of Elburn has earned an Associate of Science degree in Nursing from the school.

More than 230 graduates were honored May 2 at Kettering College’s 41st commencement, which was held at the Dayton Convention Center in Ohio.

Kettering College of Medical Arts is a fully-accredited, coeducational college that specializes in health-science education.

Local residents earn scholarships

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley recently awarded 13 scholarships to southwestern Kane County residents for the 2009-10 academic year. The potential value of these scholarships over the next four years is $31,000.

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, nonprofit organizations, civic clubs and through bequests.

Earning the Alexander Family Scholarship was Samantha Eichelberger of Elburn and Erin Hellwig of Big Rock.

Receiving the Howard E. Charles, Jr. Scholarship were Sarah Korth, Tricia Oakes, Madeline Shurtleff and Robyn Wright, all of Elburn.

Earning the Community Foundation Scholarship was Zachary Babbe of Sugar Grove.

Receiving the Arthur and Daphne Heinz Memorial Scholarship was Anthony Gaudio of Sugar Grove.

Earning the Mr. & Mrs. William P. Hilgen Scholarship was Elizabeth Runge of Big Rock.

Receiving the David B. Perry Scholarship were Kathryn Bergman and Christopher Ott, both of Sugar Grove.

Earning the Robert G. Schweitzer Scholarship was Matthew Kramer of Sugar Grove.

Recieving the Louis Vago Scholarship was Catherine Pauls of 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

Local residents join Hispanic Honor Society

Three local residents were among the charter members recently inducted into Aurora University’s Psi Mu Chapter No. 563 of the Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

Alison Kruger of Elburn, and Lauren Bieritz and Kristen Swiech, both of Sugar Grove, were inducted.

Founded in 1919 at the University of California, Berkeley, Sigma Delta Pi honors students who have completed three years of study of college-level Spanish, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization with a minimum 3.0 grade point average in all Spanish courses taken.

Candidates must also rank in the upper 35 percent of their class—sophomore, junior, or senior—and have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work.

Based at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., Sigma Delta Pi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the certifying agency for college and university honor societies.

Campbell wins broadcast awards

St. Ambrose University student Steve Campbell of Maple Park won top honors in both radio and television from the Iowa Broadcast News Association. The awards were received for his work at St. Ambrose radio and television stations, KALA-FM and TV-11. Campbell took first and third place in the Student Market Sports Play-By-Play radio category, and second place for TV-11 in the Student Market Sports Play-By-Play TV category.

Hill wins Elburn Post No. 630 essay contest

Alexa Hill, daughter of Cliiff and Pat Hill of Kaneville, won the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 630 Americanism Essay Contest.

The theme for the essay was “Where are the American Heroes of Today?”

Hill will continue on to the district competition.

Hill plans to attend Waubonsee Community College with a major in business. She is currently the store manager at Hill’s Country Store in Kaneville.

NIU announces spring graduates

Northern Illinois University held commencement ceremonies in early May for its 2009 spring graduates.

Local residents receiving undergraduate degrees included Timothy Benham, Ian Essling, James Harrison, Rosemarie Heuman, Jessica Johnson, Benjamin Sanecki, Linda Sloan, Dawn Wiseman and Ryan Young, all of Elburn; Vanessa Wolbers of Kaneville; Megan Lockwood of Maple Park; Brandon Buchberger, Gloria Deutsch, Jeffery Johnson, Calan Kinnally and Bryan West, all of Sugar Grove.

Local residents receiving graduate degrees include Julie-Ann Fuchs of Kaneville; Sarah Kneller and Kerry McCune of Maple Park; Jennifer Belken of Sugar Grove.