Category Archives: Hometown

Murphy receives scholarship at EIU

Kevin Murphy of Sugar Grove received the Gene Seymour Memorial Sports Journalism Scholarship from Eastern Illinois University.

The award is presented to an EIU junior or senior majoring in journalism that has been involved significantly in the sports journalism department at the Daily Eastern News.

Murphy is a 2006 Kaneland High School graduate.

Haas earns scholarship

Amanda Haas, daughter of Stephen and Caryn Haas of Elburn, received a Red and Black Scholarship worth $1,000 per year to attend the University of Central Missouri.

The scholarship is awarded to incoming UCM freshmen based upon their high school cumulative grade point average and ACT score.

Haas graduated from Wheaton Warrenville South High School in January.

25th District General Assembly Legislative Scholarships Awarded

Eight one-year General Assembly Scholarships have been awarded by State Senator Chris Lauzen (R-25, Aurora) to eligible college students in the 25th District.

Ryan Hall of Elburn received one of the one-year scholarships, and will attend Illinois State University in the fall.

The scholarship committee, including local business and community leaders from Kane, Kendall and LaSalle Counties, go over the applications to select eight students who plan to attend one of the state’s public universities or to attend the University of Illinois. Academic achievement in high school (or college, if applicable), community service, and financial need are among the criteria considered by committee members.

“Although I would vote and have sponsored legislation to discontinue the scholarship program because it represents a ‘perk’ of public office, I’m proud that the committee fulfills our responsibility by awarding these scholarships on merit rather than politics,” Lauzen said. “We keep the process open and available to every student who meets the criteria.”

Wittenberg accepted into professional vet medical program

Lora Ellen Wittenberg was accepted into the professional veterinary medical program, which leads to a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, at Colorado State University for the fall, 2009 term.

Lora was among 138 students selected for the program from a pool of 1,834 applicants.

Selection is based primarily on academic achievement, familiarity with the many facets of veterinary medicine, and extracurricular and community activities. Lora graduated in 2005 from St. Charles North High School and received an undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University.

The professional veterinary medical program at Colorado State University is ranked as one of the most outstanding veterinary medicine programs in the United States. Students receive intensive training in clinical and nonclinical aspects of veterinary medicine.

Wittenberg is the daughter of Craig and Kathy Wittenberg of Elburn.

Sutherland named to honors list at COD

Greg Sutherland of Sugar Grove was named to College of DuPage’s academic honors list for the spring 2009 semester.

This spring, Sutherland was a recipient of the Honors Scholars Medal for successfully completing COD’s Honors Scholar Program and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Sutherland was elected as the 2009-2010 president of the Philosophy Club. He was elected as the 2009-2010 Community Outreach Coordinator, an officer’s position of the executive board of the COD Student Leadership Council, and met with Illinois lawmakers in Springfield during “Student Advocacy Day” on April 22 to request more appropriate state funding for Illinois community colleges.

Sutherland is studying small group communications this summer, an honors class that culminates in a backpacking trip in the Hawaiian wilderness along the Napali Coast, Kauai.

Sutherland is a 2008 graduate of Kaneland High School.

50th District General Assembly Legislative Scholarships Awarded

Chairwoman Jeanne Harms, Nancy Aschauer, Connie Emery, Paula Mueller and Lyle Rolf of State Representative Kay Hatcher’s Scholarship Committee are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s General Assembly Scholarship.

Representative Hatcher does not participate in the selection process; she believes that the impartial scholarship committee is the most transparent way to determine the recipients.

“The committee was honored to be asked by Hatcher to be in included in the process of selecting the scholarship recipients,” said Harms. “As everyone can appreciate, these students are our future leaders.”

Eight students from throughout the 50th district were chosen to receive a full-year’s tuition waiver for the 2009-2010 academic year. Selections were based on a detailed set of criteria which included academic achievement, community involvement and financial need.

“The quality of the applicants was amazing; the recipients are arguably some of the brightest and most brilliant individuals in the district,” Harms said.

Two Sugar Grove residents were among the scholarship winners.

Peter Vilim of Sugar Grove has owned and operated his own computer maintenance business since he was in the 9th grade. Peter was home-schooled and is currently attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying industrial engineering.

Jessica White of Sugar Grove attended Rosary High School and graduated as the class Salutatorian. Jessica plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and study actuarial science.

The Illinois General Assembly Legislative Scholarship program provides each State Senator and State Representative the opportunity to assist Illinois students by nominating eight students for one-year scholarships to a state university.

Aurora University announces 2009 graduates

19 residents are among the 1,260 Aurora University students receiving diplomas at the 116th annual commencement ceremonies held May 10.

The following residents received bachelor’s degrees were Janet Barry, Justin Dimitri, Shauna Gould, Alison Krueger, Brian Lund, Michelle Mondroski and Cassandra Stanley, all of Elburn; Laura Ortega of Maple Park; Lauren Bieritz, Vanessa Clarke, Jordan Eichelberger, Lauren Johnson, Carlye Konen, Kelly Martin, Phillip Romito, Andrea Salis, Amanda Steinberg, Samantha Topino and Catherine Zanis, all of Sugar Grove.

Davidson named James Millikin Scholar

Millikin University student Erika Davidson, a Kaneland High School graduate, was named a James Millikin Scholar in recognition of her outstanding scholastic achievements.

The James Millikin Scholars program is a two-year honors program that offers opportunities for independent and collaborative study and research. Students must maintain a 3.5 grade point average and complete a successful James Millikin Scholars interview to be a part of the program.

Davidson is a theater major.

Waubonsee announces class of 2009 graduates

Waubonsee Community College awarded degrees to 675 graduates at its 2009 commencement ceremony on May 28. The college’s Class of 2009 includes the following graduates:

Jo Algrim, Jessica Chapman, Amy Christoffel, Charles Cisewski, Grace Collins, Heather Dugena, Jacqueline Feldmann, Michele Fugger, Stephanie Howard, Jakob Jorgensen, Amy Martinez, Erin Masa, Sean McGrew, Brian Oko, AshleyMarie Ristick, Amanda Ritter, Ashley Ritter, Rebecca Schultz, Gregory Timpanaro and Jeanne Webster, all of Elburn.

Sally Alef, Kelly Brock, Gregory Diehl, Amanda Fabrizius, Danielle Girard, Joseph Gruber, John Haffey, Jeannette Morris and Jennifer Wells, all of Maple Park.

Also, Amanda Carson, Kelly Dixon, Adam Engelskirchen, Guillermo Gaytan, Jordan Grote, Linda Huber, Heather Jones, Kevin Klein, Sheryl Lyon, Samantha McGovern, Matthew Milligan, Laura Montelongo, Mary Ann O’Donnell, Anita Plachczynska, Tanya Reyes, Kenneth Riley, Roberta Sandberg, Bizeyda Shephard, Anthony Smith, Amanda Stotler, Nicholas Wagner, Jenna Warren, David Welch, Katherine Wellington, Sofia Zafar, Ashley Zick and Laura Zimmer, all of Sugar Grove, and Jackelyn Dorneden from Kaneville.

Business Competition Day winners announced

More than 200 students from 14 area high schools competed at Waubonsee Community College’s 30th Annual Business Competition Day on April 29. The event, which took place at the college’s Sugar Grove Campus, was hosted by Waubonsee’s Business and Information Systems Division.

The top three finishers in each of the day’s 13 subject area contests received Waubonsee scholarships totaling more than $60,000. West Aurora High School turned in the best overall performance at Business Competition Day and so received one full Waubonsee scholarship to be given to the student of their choice.

First-place winners included Danish Ghazali, Batavia High School; Kyle Nusbaum, Yorkville High School; Kiersten Stokes and Mark White, West Aurora High School; Ivan Flores, Waubonsie Valley High School; Megan Mendoza, Kaneland High School; and Shane O’Neil, Yorkville High School.

Second-place finishers included Nikki Mandl and Sean Lyons, Waubonsie Valley High School; Cody Johnston, Oswego High School; Jacob Roberts, Plano High School; Stephen Ford, Serena High School; Ben Jacobson, Fox Valley Career Center; and Alexis Staley, West Aurora High School.

Third-place finishers included Kevin Cargo, Oswego High School; Matt Schuman, Fox Valley Career Center; Kelissa Peterson, Serena High School; Aaron Bryant, West Aurora High School; Cody Rios, Yorkville High School; Jorge Garcia, East Aurora High School; and Amanda Ingraham, Kaneland High School.

Marmion leadership programs award top honors

Marmion Academy’s leadership programs announced their new student leaders for the 2009-10 school year during awards ceremonies in May. Top students from each program were also recognized for their outstanding work throughout this school year.

During the awards presentation at the ceremony, 23 cadets were honored for their superior work and dedication to the program: AMVETS ROTC Medal, Post No. 103—senior Christopher Dukes of Elburn; Post No. 1197—senior Nicholas Assell of Sugar Grove.

The 40 cadets who received promotions for the 2009-10 school year will be honored at the Sabre Ceremony next September.

The Canterbury Award was presented to junior Ryan Roth, freshmen Nathaniel Green and Reid Weigelmann, all of Sugar Grove. The Canterbury Award was presented to students who have performed more than 40 hours of volunteer service during this school year.

Roth (128 hours) and Weigelmann (105 hours) also were presented with the Canterbury Award with Honors Award. This award was presented to students who completed more than 100 hours of volunteer service throughout their high school career

Marmion Academy, a Catholic-Benedictine college preparatory high school for young men, is a community dedicated to spiritual formation, academic excellence and leadership development. Marmion offers students a leadership track in addition to their college-prep curriculum. Students may choose to participate in either the Army JROTC or LEAD program.

To find out more about the Marmion Leadership Programs, visit

Wood graduates UofI

Andrew Wood graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign with a double major in integrated biology, with honors, and also in chemistry. The commencement ceremony was May 17. He is a graduate of Kaneland High School and plans to attend Rush University Medical School in Chicago this September.

Koehling receives nursing degree

Sarah A. Koehling received a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors in nursing from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill.

While attending Trinity, she participated in volleyball all four years. She is celebrated by her parents, Jeff and Linda Koehling of Big Rock, and her grandparents, Bob and Ann Koehling and Bud and Pat Koecher of St. Charles.

Local student earns 2nd at writers conference

Shannon Unick, of Elburn, won second place in the poetry division with her poem, “The Skeletal Structures of Space Remaining,” at the April Skyway Writers Conference at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake.

Melanie Hatch of Maple Park and Watler Howard of Sugar Grove, were other local students participating in the event.

Unick’s winning poem is included in the 2009 edition of “Horizons,” Waubonsee’s literary magazine. Copies are available on campus or by contacting Todd Laufenberg, English instructor, at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2748.

Western Illinois announces dean’s list

Nearly 2,000 undergraduate students enrolled at Western Illinois University were named to the Spring 2009 Dean’s List.

Locally, Jodi Blatner and Kate Stralka, both seniors from Sugar Grove, were named to the list.

To receive this award, an undergraduate student must earn at least a 3.6 grade point average on a scale of 4.0 equals an A in 12 credit hours of graded courses; pass-fail hours are not counted.

Local students win at state SkillsUSA contest

An Elburn Waubonsee Community College student was among four students from the college who earned awards at the recent Illinois SkillsUSA competition in Springfield.

Jill Potvin of Elburn placed first in interactive preschool bulletin board and third in preschool teaching assistant.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

Strobel graduates from Naval Academy

U.S. Navy Ensign William C. Strobel, Jr., son of William and Debra Strobel of Elburn, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD on May 22, 2009, and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Ensign Strobel successfully completed four years of intensive academic, physical and professional training, resulting in a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.

As a graduate of the Naval Academy, Ensign Strobel completed a four-year, total immersion program where a strong, balanced academic program, focused on the educational needs of the Navy and Marine Corps, is superimposed on a strict, professional military training environment emphasizing the development of leadership skills. Ensign Strobel was consistently ranked in the top 15 percent of his class and enjoyed being a member of the Men’s Glee Club, Barber Shop Quartet, Catholic Choir and Academy theater.

Following graduation, Ensign Strobel has been assigned to Naval Nuclear Power Training School in Charleston, S.C., where he will train and then proceed to a naval base, where he will begin service aboard a submarine. Ensign Strobel is a graduate of Aurora Central Catholic High School, Aurora.

Local resident earns doctorate

Lynda G. Gould, daughter of Eldon and Sandy Gould of Maple Park, graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree on May 17.

Dr. Gould graduated from Kaneland High School in 2001. She earned a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005. While at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gould was a member of the Production Medicine Club, the Theriogenology Club, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and student representative to the University of Illinois Veterinary Medical Alumni Association.

SG residents takes part in Marmion art exhibit

“The Astronaut”
drawing by J.C. Nelson of St. Charles
Marmion Exhibit

Marmion Academy will host a student art exhibit opening with a reception on Thursday, May 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public and will be held in the Dr. Scholl’s Exhibit Mezzanine in the Academy at 1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through May 22.

The show will feature artwork in a variety of media including drawing, painting, watercolor, colored pencil, mixed media, Photoshop and Illustrator, selected from pieces done by the digital design and studio art classes. Featured artists include Alex Karas of Sugar Grove.

For more information on Marmion Academy visit

Bouzein completes degree

Lena Bouzein of Elburn, completed her Ashland University degree requirements in May 2009. She received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in business administration.

Ashland University is a private, comprehensive institution located in north central Ohio between Cleveland and Columbus.

SG resident earns honors at Marmion writing competition

Sugar Grove resident Brendan Bakala was among one of 18 Marmion Academy students who were selected to have their work published in the English department’s annual The Reverend Father Peter Enderlin OSB Writing Competition Literary Magazine.

All Marmion students were eligible to submit manuscripts to the competition in the categories of poetry, fiction and essay.

Bakala earned an honorable mention in the essay category, for a work titled “An Unbiased Observation of Capital Punishment.”

The competition is named for the late Father Peter Enderlin OSB who dedicated his life to the students of Marmion. In his sophomore honors English class he stressed writing above all.

To order a copy of the contest Literary Magazine, contact Dr. Alex George at (630) 897-6936, ext. 234.

Buck receives scholarship

Hope College student Jenna Buck of Elburn received the Joyce M. Morrison Voice Scholarship at the annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 23.

The award is presented annualy to the most promising freshman vocalist who has expressed an intention to pursue a career in classical voice, as determined by the chairperson of the voice division of the department of music.

Egger earns scholarship

Dylan S. Egger received an Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) college scholarship offer to attend a selected host college or university.

The cadet was selected to receive the scholarship certificate on the basis of comprehensive tests, high school scholastic achievement and extra-curricular activities. The majority of Air Force ROTC scholarships cover full college/university tuition, provide textbook allowance and pay most laboratory or incidental fees. In addition, at least a $300 tax-free monthly allowance is paid to recipients during the academic year. The estimated value of the scholarship depends on the student’s choice of school and type of scholarship offered.

Upon graduation from college and completion of the ROTC program, the cadet will receive a bachelor’s degree and a commission of 2nd Lt. in the Air Force.

Egger is a student at St. Charles East High School. He is the son of Scott D. Egger of Maple Park and Allison M. Egger of St. Charles.