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Storytelling ‘Fox’ comes to Lincoln

[FEB. 2, 2002]  There was a new voice this week at Washington-Monroe elementary school.  It traveled around from class to class, encouraging and strengthening the voices of the children.  And it belonged to a man known as the "Fox."

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Brian “Fox” Ellis is a professional storyteller and teacher.  Hailing from Peoria, he travels all over the country telling his stories and teaching children to tell theirs.  This week, thanks to grants from the Illinois Reading Council and the Illinois Arts Council, children at Washington-Monroe wrote stories about their own lives and then learned to tell them to others in entertaining and exciting ways.


[Photos by Bob Frank]

The lessons started on Monday with a personal performance for each of the third- and fourth-grade classes.  Ellis told the children both personal and historical narratives and gave them examples that he could refer to later of what it is to tell a fascinating story.  Then the children worked on ways to collect stories, both from interviews and from their own past.

Each child was asked to choose a memory of their own and write a story from it.  They worked the rest of the week learning to edit, rewrite, tell and retell their stories.  In this last process, the retelling, Ellis took the children through the three aspects of good storytelling:  voice, body and imagination.

In Mrs. Singleton’s class, he started with a simple “ma, me, mi, mo, mu” vocalization, in which each vowel is held, warming up the voice.  Then all the children read their stories at once, each concentrating on his own.  They worked on making their voices loud and clear, using interesting sound effects and dialogue, and putting feeling into their every word.

For “body,” Ellis worked with the children on putting action into their stories, both in the words and in their movement.  First, they underlined all the verbs in their stories.  Then he taught them to make those verbs more interesting.  For example, instead of saying, “We went fishing,” Ellis told the process of pulling out the worm, sliding it onto the hook, throwing out the line and reeling it back in.  He also had them include adverbs:  quickly, happily, annoyingly.


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Once the children knew what the characters in their story were doing, they had to act that out.  After a quick stretching (part yoga, part Hokey-Pokey), the children again read their stories to themselves, but this time they had to work on actions to go with their action-words.  Many of the kids were a little shy at first, but eventually most of them jumped and danced and, in the case of one boy, ran in circles.  During this telling, Ellis and Mrs. Singleton walked around and gave suggestions and encouragement.  One very important piece of advice Ellis gave was that they must always remain standing, acting out sitting by crouching and lying down by leaning.

In the final stage, imagination, Ellis told the children they must be in the story as they tell it.  “Your story is a time machine.”  The children told their stories one last time, trying to incorporate all three parts.  Only this time, they told their stories to partners, who then had to give two pieces of encouragement.

This final telling, however, was more than another practice; it was an audition.  Each class produced three children who were to perform for others.  One child from each class was chosen to tell their stories to parents and classmates at the school’s Family Night, which was Thursday.  The other two students told their stories to the other classes involved in the program.


The students in Ellis’ classes seemed to adore him.  Even days after he told his stories, they repeated them with the enthusiasm of the first telling.  And it is no wonder.  Ellis’ manner was perfect for the children.  He gave his instructions intelligently, but in phrases the children could remember, such as “Detail, detail, detail!” and “Sloppy copy” (rough draft).  He also gave them real-life applications, saying that a job interview is just the telling of your own life’s story.  “The one who tells the best story wins.”

[Gina Sennett]


Click here for Brian "Fox" Ellis’ website:

C-EL recognizes readers on Wall of Fame

[JAN. 30, 2002]  Last year Chester-East Lincoln School began a program called Accelerated Reader, a computer-based reading motivation system currently used by more than 40,000 schools nationwide. The program has three goals: to dramatically improve student reading performance, as measured by standardized tests; to improve students’ critical-thinking skills; and to instill in students a lifelong love of reading.

As part of the motivational component, students earn points for the books they read. Prizes such as stickers, pencils, and homework passes are awarded for points accumulated. In the primary grades a student’s picture is placed on the Wall of Fame when he or she has earned 20 points. As students continue to earn points, they achieve certification levels. Every 100 points designates a new level, and a star with the student’s name on it moves up on the "big" Accelerated Reader bulletin board.

On Jan. 24 Chester-East recognized all students who have reached the Wall of Fame, 100, 200 and 300 points. The students recognized were Kara Gehlbach, Alia Moon, Craig Rohlfs and Jessica Florey at 400 points; Ruth Ohmart, Erin Frick and Greg Harmon at 500; Cody Davison at 700; Troy Tholan at 900; and, at 1,000, Alison Kessinger and Melissa Cunningham, who are in the picture with Rich Brauer, a candidate for state representative.


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[Students Alison Kessinger and Melissa Cunningham with Rich Brauer; photo provided by C-EL]

In his remarks, Brauer stated that reading is a lifetime skill that should be practiced and encouraged. He congratulated Melissa and Alison for reading 77 books each and passing all their tests to earn their 1,000 points. The entire student body gave the girls a standing ovation.

[News release]

Students learn about careers in aviation

[JAN. 24, 2002]  Heritage in Flight Museum of Lincoln participated in Midwest Central High School’s Career Day on Jan. 11. This is an annual event at the high school in Manito.

Heritage in Flight Museum’s educational coordinator, Milt Underkoffler, was introduced as the presenter of "Careers in Aviation" to the 15 students who had expressed an interest in aviation careers.

Career opportunities at commercial service airports, general aviation airports, commercial airlines, in corporate aviation and with aircraft manufacturers were discussed. The aviation roles of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration were also presented.

The students were particularly interested in the job descriptions, the salaries associated with the various jobs and the schools that prepare high school graduates for the positions. The aviation career that most of the students were interested in was that of an airline pilot. The students were particularly interested in ways of meeting the requirements for commercial airline pilots. Most of the students were aware that some pilots working for major airlines as captains on jumbo jets make up to $260,000 a year after 20 years of service.

Underkoffler pointed out that many colleges and universities have aviation programs that enable students to qualify for a job with major airlines when they receive their bachelor’s degree. The cost of the flight training is in addition to the regular tuition fees. This high cost is why the airlines have traditionally hired multi-engine military pilots when they have completed their military obligation.


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Underkoffler summed up the discussion by pointing out that the 30-minute presentation was just touching on the topics that will be covered in depth at the "Careers in Aviation" workshop hosted by Heritage in Flight Museum in Lincoln this summer. The workshop, made possible by a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will be June 3-7 at the Logan County Airport. Representatives of various aviation employing agencies will give presentations during that week.

Lincoln and area school counselors are recommending students for the summer program. Underkoffler suggested that interested students talk to their counselor about attending. The workshop is still open to new students.

Underkoffler also described a Sunday afternoon program that consists of two-hour discussions on selected aviation topics. The Sunday afternoon sessions emphasize the principles used to produce heavier-than-air vehicle flight. The technological developments that resulted in changing the number of wings, the shape of the wings, the number and type of engines, the introduction of jet and rocket power are also considered. The topics covered so far are "Fundamentals of Aviation," "Flight to the Moon," and "Space Station and Space Shuttle." The February topic on Sunday the 3rd is "Propulsion Systems." While the Sunday program does not include flight training, planners hope to schedule students for introductory flights during the weekends before June.

[Milt Underkoffler, educational coordinator,
Heritage in Flight Museum]

DARE relationships and
lessons not to be forgotten

[JAN. 21, 2002]  Students in Mrs. Boehme’s fifth-grade class at Northwest School recently had their last day of DARE.

To begin the class, Sgt. Ken Greenslate once again asked students to tell him about their week. They told him about their Christmas presents, how they had just finished reading to a kindergarten class, and how Mrs. Boehme had received roses for her birthday the day before.


Since it was the last day, Sgt. Greenslate led a review session to see how much the students remembered. They split up into three teams of four members each. The teams took turns answering questions about DARE, drugs, decision-making and conflict resolution. Questions ranged from "What does DARE stand for?" (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) to "Define ‘consequences’" (the result of an action) to "List the six steps to conflict resolution" (cool down, state the problem, talk it over, listen, find a solution through compromise, ask for help if needed).


For each question a student answered, he or she received a pencil, pen, eraser, key chain, or other small but useful prize. Team 1 won by 16 points to 14 points for Team 2 and 10 points for Team 3. Every member of Team 1 received a DARE pencil bag.


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The most exciting time for the students, however, came after the game. Sgt. Greenslate had a drawing to see who in the class would get to take Darren, the large stuffed DARE lion, home with him or her. The girl who won him was very happy, even though this Darren was fresh out of the plastic and not the one the students had each been able to hold during lessons.

Mrs. Boehme’s students may not have any more lessons with Sgt. Greenslate, but they will never forget the lessons they have already learned. And if all goes the same, neither will his next students, when he begins teaching DARE next week to classes at Zion Lutheran School

[Gina Sennett]



DARE students learn responsibility

[JAN. 9, 2002]  The DARE program, though sometimes overlooked, is alive and vibrant in Logan County schools. Students in DARE learn about being responsible and about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Through real-life stories and lessons, they learn that they do not have to give in to peer pressure.

Students in Mrs. Boehme’s fifth-grade class at Northwest Elementary learned how to make good choices during December’s presentations. Sergeant Ken Greenslate, their DARE officer, gave them a five-step plan for making good choices:

1. Ask if this is a risk situation. A risk situation is one in which you have to take a chance on something.


2. What are the possible choices? Usually you have two basic choices: Do something or don’t do something. Often, the option of “telling a grown-up” is included as well.

3. What are the possible consequences of my choices? Take each choice and list the positive and negative consequences.

4. Pick the choice with the best result. Sometimes, however, this is not easy to determine, especially when friends are involved.

5. Talk to someone. If you have trouble choosing, talk to a teacher, parent, officer or other adult who can help you make your decision.

Students then read stories from their DARE workbooks in which children were in different situations and had to make choices. For example, Subira was asked by some friends to bring her parents’ beer to a party. The students went through the steps and decided what Subira could do.


1. Ask if this is a risk situation. Subira would be taking a chance of getting caught if she stole her parents’ beer and brought it to the party.

2. What are the possible choices? Bring the beer or don’t.

3. What are the possible consequences of my choices? Positive consequence of bringing the beer: Friends would like her. Negative consequence of bringing the beer: Might get caught by her parents or another adult. Positive consequence of not bringing the beer: Not getting in trouble with her parents. Negative consequence of not bringing the beer: Friends might call her a scaredy-cat or worse.


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4. Pick the choice with the best result. The students decided that it would be best for Subira not to bring the beer. Then they thought up things she could say to her friends, such as, “My parents don’t drink beer,” “Their beer is locked up and I can’t get to it,” or the simple, “I don’t want to.”

5. Talk to someone. Subira could talk to her parents and tell them what her friends asked, or she could talk to her friends’ parents or a teacher.

Sgt. Greenslate then taught the students about courage. Courage, he told them, is a muscle that must be worked and practiced. Every week, he brings with him a large stuffed lion named Darren, who sits with one student through the lesson. Darren, as a lion, is the symbol of courage. To remind the students to work their courage muscles, Sgt. Greenslate handed out small Darrens to each member of the class. He also gave them each a DARE CD case, to remind them to do something positive (like listen to music) whenever they feel bored, since boredom can lead to trouble.


Students in Mrs. Boehme’s class enjoy their time with Sgt. Greenslate. He spends the beginning of each lesson letting all the students tell him about their weeks. Students are also encouraged to submit questions to the DARE box, which he answers at the end of each lesson. Even the new observer can tell that the students trust Sgt. Greenslate from their dialog with him. They feel able to ask questions freely, because they know he will not laugh at them (unless they are making a joke.) Although the students were a little bit wild, with the holidays so close, he controlled them and guided them, and they learned through having fun.

[Gina Sennett]

Honors & Awards

LCHS speech team members compete at state

[FEB. 18, 2002]  A number of Lincoln Community High School speech team members competed at the state tournament Friday and Saturday at Downers Grove South.

"This tournament was a wonderful experience for the team," said Carrie Schreiber, a coach for the local team. "The students felt good about their performances and were excited to be competing in the top 20 students in the state of Illinois."

LCHS individual varsity placements

Eric Agostino — Eighth place, prose reading

Doug Rohrer and Julie Wood — 10th place, dramatic duet acting

Carly McLean — 15th place, oratorical declamation

Abrigail Sasse — 17th place, radio speaking

Beau Hanger and Kasey Pepperell — 19th place, humorous duet acting

Betsy Buttell — 19th place, humorous interpretation

Ty Sank — 19th place, special occasion speaking

Eric Agostino — 19th place, verse reading

Ed Jodlowski and Carrie Schreiber are head coaches for the LCHS speech team.


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"For some of the students, this is the end of their high school speech career," said Schreiber. "For others, this is another step into the success that is to come in next year’s season. We are so very proud of the work that the students put in this season. Their success is a result of hard work and commitment to an activity that they love.

"We will miss all of the seniors — Eric Agostino, Beau Hanger, Carly McLean, Callie Davison — and the leadership that they have exhibited this year. We wish them all luck in the future in whatever it is that they choose to pursue. We know that they will be successful!

"Thank you again to all for a wonderful season."

[LCHS news release]

LCHS speech team sends eight entries to state tourney

[FEB. 11, 2002]  Lincoln Community High School hosted the sectional speech tournament on Saturday, Feb. 9, and the local team placed fourth.

"There is no doubt that our season has been extremely successful," said Ed Jodlowski. He and Carrie Schreiber coach the team. "At the beginning of the year we set the goal to send seven entries to state. Eight is a dream come true," he said.

LCHS students who qualified for the state tournament on Feb. 15 and 16 at Downers Grove South High School are:

Eric Agostino — First place in prose reading

Carly McLean — Second place in oratorical declamation

Abrigail Sasse — Second place in radio speaking

Ty Sank — Third place in special occasion speaking

Doug Rohrer and Julie Wood — Third place in dramatic duet acting

Betsy Buttell — Third place in humorous interpretation

Beau Hanger and Kasey Pepperell — Third place in humorous duet acting

Eric Agostino — Third place in verse reading

Students who placed at the tournament but did not advance to the state finals are:

Stanton Schumacher, Jerrod Marten, Jamie Eckert, Collin Voyles, Adam Voyles, Amanda Perry, Katie Muck, Tom Swanson, Brady Gerdts and Brandon Davis — Fourth place in performance in the round.

Tim Fak — Sixth place in impromptu speaking

[LCHS news release]

50 area students on Lincoln College honor lists

[FEB. 11, 2002]  Fifty students from the Logan County area have been named on academic honor lists for the 2001 fall semester at Lincoln College.

Area students on the Special Honors List include Kari Borowiak, Ashley Bowen, Jonathan Cook, Miles Craig, Heidi Graff, Trisha Kavelman, Kristofer Langellier, Angela Maestas, Lyndsey Pickering and Josh Twente, all of Lincoln; Nathan Dieckow of Atlanta; and Brittany Franklin and Kyle Pepperell of New Holland. To quality for the list, students must achieve a grade point average of 4.0 with a class load of at least 15 credit hours in the current semester.

On the President’s List are Angela Couch, Matthew Kurtz, David Martin, Clinton Smith and Angela Smith, all of Lincoln; Larry Jones Jr. and Rebecca Ruben, both of Hartsburg; Tamar Lyons of Elkhart; and Harry McMillan of Mason City. To qualify for this list, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.75 through 3.99 with a class load of at least 15 credit hours in the current semester.

On the Dean’s List are Beau Anderson, Angela Bossingham, Tim Christoffersen, Molly Donnelly, Christinna Dye, Stacey Fillmore, Steven Goodman Jr., Aaron Johnston, Max Letterly, Morgan Murphy, Elizabeth Pardo, Stephanie Savery, Anna Schmidt, Jason Searby, Kristina Snyder, Lindsey Spurling, Jennifer Story, Adam Wessbecher, Jermy White, Erin Wind and Kate Winters, all of Lincoln; Brad Aper and Vanessa Watson of Hartsburg; Nathan Buss, John Hoblit and Ashley Satterfield of Atlanta; Jennifer Tuttle of Emden; and Misty Virgil of Middletown. To qualify for this list, students must achieve a grade point average range of 3.25 through 3.74 with a class load of at least 15 credit hours in the current semester.

[Lincoln College news release]


Washington-Monroe School honor roll

Second nine weeks

[FEB. 8, 2002]   

High honors

Third grade — Elizabeth Cabit, Cheyenne Duncan, Ryan Huddlestun, Ethen Vallejo, Tiffany Boch, Kaley Brown, Morgan Barrick, Mariah Kodatt, Catrice Parke-Stacy, Aleta Raymond, Brandon Root

Fourth grade — Caiti Wunderlin, Jeff Owen

Fifth grade — Nichole Etcheson, Cody Follis, Samara Shane, Andrew Brinkman, Jessica Tieman

Sixth grade — Arielle Alley, Kaleb Gordon, Kelsey Dallas, Alex Huerd, Rebecca Kasa, Jessica Owen, Ashley Shawgo


Third grade — Meghan Cooper, Dana Denny, Zachary Miller, Ty Unger, Jordan Sandrolini, Zach Everson, Bradly Nelson, Tyler Richardson, Courtney Sutton

Fourth grade — Michelle Brawdy, Dalton DePoy, Nick Everson, Katie Gosda,

Betsy Laurence, Hope Renfro, Nathan Swearingen, Randi Vieregge, Jordan Baker,

Chris Bernhardt, Ali Buck, Krista Cathers, Brooklyn Ferguson, Amy Jordan, Mason Musick, Tanner Parrott, Kelsie Plummer, Chris Shawgo

Fifth grade — Sam Chon, Kayla Giles, Colt Hickey, Ashley Shook, Kristina Baird,

Nathan Kunkel, Joseph Papesch

Sixth grade — Kelly Gosda, Nicki Kodatt, Marissa Musick, Chelsie Shawgo, Tim Chezem, Andrew Gonzales, Amy Langly, Sabina Matson, Kami Thompson


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Honorable mention

Third grade — Brendan Fitzsimmons, Dilan Hardwick, Myles Moos, Andrew Thomas, Cory Etcheson, Benjamin Hake, Austin Hopp, Jori Maxey, Corey Whitten

Fourth grade — Caleb Boulb, Jason Metelko, Ethan Tabor

Fifth grade — Jalisa McClennon, Brock Satterwhite, Ariel Staton, Dena Boyd, Allysa Kemp, Kaily Mote, Jessa Raymond, Jacob Shawgo

Sixth grade — Nic Cummings, Eric Gonzales, Garret Romer, Meranda Hale, Sydney Welker


B.U.G. (Bringing up grades)

Joseph Cummings, Samantha Goff, Brandy McCain, Devon Sutton, Jessica Crowell, Toni Hunt



Bailey Bassi named to Dean’s List

[FEB. 8, 2002]   Washington University has named junior Bailey Bassi to the Dean’s List for the 2001 fall semester.  Inclusion on the Dean’s List requires completion of at least 14 units of graded work and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 (out of 4.0).

Bassi is studying at the University of Sussex in Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom, this spring semester.  She will return from Europe in June.

Bassi is the daughter of Kathleen Bassi of Chicago and Dale and Susan Bassi of Lincoln. 

LCHS speech team grabs regional title

[FEB. 4, 2002]   The Lincoln Community High School speech team placed first in the regional speech tournament at Chatham-Glenwood High School on Saturday, Feb. 2.

"This weekend was a wonderful morale-booster for the entire team," said Carrie Schreiber, a coach for the group. "The hard work that they put in every day has paid off, and now they are ready to enter sectionals with a wonderful win."

LCHS individual varsity placement

Callie Davison — First place, dramatic interpretation

Tim Fak — First place, extemporaneous speaking

Betsy Buttell — First place, humorous interpretation

Carly McLean — First place, oratorical declamation

Carly McLean — First place, original oratory

Eric Agostino — First place, prose reading

Abrigail Sasse — First place, radio speaking

Ty Sank — First place, special occasion speaking

Eric Agostino — First place, verse reading


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Doug Rohrer and Julie Wood — Second place, dramatic duet acting

Beau Hanger and Kasey Pepperell — Second place, humorous duet acting

Tim Fak — Second place, impromptu speaking

Beau Hanger — Second place, original comedy

Stanton Schumacher, Jerrod Marten, Jamie Eckert, Collin Voyles, Adam Voyles, Amanda Perry, Katie Muck, Tom Swanson, Brady Gerdts and Brandon Davis — First place, performance in the round

Sectional competition for the speech team will be at LCHS this coming weekend. "We invite everyone out to see how wonderful these students truly are," said coach Schreiber.

[News release]

Mount Pulaski Grade School honor rolls

[FEB. 1, 2002]   

Second nine weeks

Sixth grade

All A’s — Paul Foley

High honors — Jennifer Allspach, Austin Maske, Alexandra Mathias, Rachel Robertson, Mindy Spear

Honors — Samantha Schahl

Honorable mention — Charity Call, Justin Couve, Amber Doty, Samuel Hageman, Kyle Hayden, Jill Park, Chelsea Stoll, Megan Volle

Seventh grade

All A’s — Britney Cowan, Chelsey Seitz, Abbie Southerlan

High honors — Timothy Davis, Allison Wilson

Honors — Joel Bailey, Taryn Durst, Joel Milner, Emily Toohill

Honorable mention — Carl Becker, Isaac Blue, Daniel Bray, Gilbert Dumire, Amy Meister, Noah Ramsey

Eighth grade

All A’s — Elizabeth Conaway, Chris McDonnough, Kim Oglesby, Cynthia Wilson

High honors — Brad Deibert, Andrew Meister

Honors — Erica Montgomery, Bethany Pehler-Johnson

Honorable mention — Brian Beecraft, Erin Caley, Allison Eades, Ashley Hartman, Michelle Haynes, Jenilee Jensen, Justin Milner, Kaitlyn Przykopanski, Frankie Ray, Tiffany Turner, Jordan Wilson



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First semester

Sixth grade

All A’s — Paul Foley, Rachel Robertson

High honors — Jennifer Allspach, Alexandra Mathias, Samantha Schahl, Mindy Spear

Honors — Austin Maske

Honorable mention — Charity Call, Justin Couve, Amber Doty, Samuel Hageman, Kyle Hayden, Adam Howe, Jill Park, Christopher Parrish, Karisa Russell, Josh Stewart, Chelsea Stoll, Megan Volle

Seventh grade

All A’s — Timothy Davis, Taryn Durst, Joel Milner, Abbie Southerlan

High honors — Isaac Blue, Britney Cowan, Chelsey Seitz, Allison Wilson

Honors — Joel Bailey, Emily Toohill

Honorable mention — Carl Becker, Daniel Bray, Gilbert Dumire, Kyle Heath, Amy Meister, Noah Ramsey, Emily Toohill

Eighth grade

All A’s — Elizabeth Conaway, Chris McDonnough, Kim Oglesby

High honors — Erin Caley, Brad Deibert, Andrew Meister, Erica Montgomery, Cynthia Wilson

Honors — Brian Beecraft, Bethany Pehler-Johnson

Honorable mention — Allison Eades, Ashley Hartman, Michelle Haynes, Nathaniel Huff, Jenilee Jensen, Lindsay Maus, Gregory May, Justin Milner, Kaitlyn Przykopanski, Frankie Ray, Andrew Schaffenacker, Tiffany Turner, Jordan Wilson


IMSA invites students and parents to visit its campus

[FEB. 16, 2002]   AURORA — The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy has one remaining date this winter in a program that gives prospective students and their parents an opportunity to visit the campus and learn more about the academy’s academic and residential programs.

The final visitor information program, known as a VIP day, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Musical entertainment by IMSA students will begin at 12:30 p.m. Advance reservations are not required but guests are encouraged to arrive on time for the structured activities.

IMSA’s residential educational program serves Illinois students grades 10 to 12 who are talented in mathematics and science. Most room and board expenses are provided by state funds.

Applications for the class of 2005, which will enroll next fall, are now being accepted. Talented Illinois students enrolled in the equivalent of a ninth grade program are eligible for consideration. A written application must be completed and returned to IMSA, with a postmark no later than March 1. Students should contact their high school guidance counselor or IMSA’s admissions office at (630) 907-5027 or 1 (800) 500-IMSA to receive an application.


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Located in Aurora, IMSA is a learning enterprise that builds the capacity of students, teachers and policymakers to improve and transform mathematics and science teaching and learning. In addition to the residential program for students, IMSA’s professional development center serves schools, educational systems, teachers and students in Illinois and beyond.

For more information see www.imsa.edu.

[IMSA news release] 


HOI scholarship program seeks applicants

[FEB. 15, 2002]   The 2002 Miss HOI Scholarship Pageant is set for the evening of Saturday, April 6, at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center of Morton. The program is sponsored by the Morton Area Players, the Morton Park District and Bearce Automall of Washington.

Entries are now being accepted from young ladies ages 17 to 24. Applicants have a chance to be the next winner of thousands of dollars in scholarships and to represent our area at the Miss Illinois Pageant in June.

Bethany Von Behren of Peoria, Miss HOI 2000, won more than $6,000 in scholarships through her competition at Miss HOI and Miss Illinois. Von Behren is a 2001 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington and was a top ten finalist at Miss Illinois. She was also a preliminary talent winner.

This year’s show, "Celebrate America," will feature award-winning twirler Alyssa Gunderson, the current Miss Heart of Illinois. Gunderson is a special education teacher in suburban Chicago and has been volunteering for mentoring programs for the past five years. She has worked closely with the Bloomington Housing Authority and has started mentoring programs in four states. Gunderson is a 2001 graduate of Illinois State University.




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The Miss Heart of Illinois program was honored at the state level for the quality of its show on pageant night, winning the Best Production Award in 2001. In 1999 and 2001, it won the inaugural Outstanding Program Award from Miss Illinois. Since 1998, it has awarded approximately $26,000 in cash scholarships to central Illinois women, thanks to area sponsors. Scholarship funds are sent directly to the contestant’ s university to pay for tuition only.

For more information on entering, sponsoring or volunteering for Miss HOI, e-mail misshoi@hotmail.com or visit the official Miss Heart of Illinois website: misshoi.homestead.com.

[News release] 

[Alyssa Gunderson, Miss HOI 2001,
is crowned by Bethany Von Behren, Miss HOI 2000,
and Jennifer Powers, Miss Illinois.]

IMSA application deadline drawing near

[FEB. 8, 2002]   AURORA — The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy invites applications from students looking for an educational program that offers a wide variety of challenging honors-level courses in mathematics, science, the arts and humanities. In addition, the academy offers a wide variety of fine and performing arts clubs and organizations, as well as interscholastic sports. Illinois students enrolled in the equivalent of a ninth-grade program are eligible to apply.  Admission is highly competitive.

Located in Aurora, IMSA has an enrollment of 609 students representing all areas of the state.

The application deadline for fall 2002 admission is March 1. Qualified Illinois students interested in attending the academy in the fall should begin the application process immediately.

For more information about IMSA, write or call the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Office of Admission, 1500 W. Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL 60506-1000, (630) 907-5027, or in Illinois, 1 (800) 500-IMSA, or visit the IMSA admissions website at http://www.imsa.edu.

IMSA, which opened in 1986, is a learning enterprise that builds the capacity of students, teachers and policymakers to improve and transform mathematics and science teaching and learning. IMSA’s residential educational program serves Illinois students grades 10 to 12 who are talented in mathematics and science; its professional development center serves schools, educational systems, teachers and students in Illinois and beyond.

[IMSA news release]

You can help junior high students go to band camp

[FEB. 4, 2002]  The Lincoln Junior High School band director, Chad Minier, is continuing the tradition of giving scholarships to band members who are interested in going to band camp. The junior high plans to send more than 15 students to band camp this year at the University of Illinois in Champaign and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Band camp gives students the opportunity to meet and perform with band students from all over the country. Participants have many rehearsals and classes throughout the day. College professors and college students direct ensembles and teach the junior high students. Band camp participants learn about music history, theory and even composition. The camps always end with a concert featuring all of the students.

Students stay on campus in dorms during the band camp.

Many students do not have the opportunity to go to camp. The camps are very expensive. Lincoln Junior High wants to give all band students the chance to have a challenging but fun experience in music.


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Band camps are not just work. Students are given the opportunity to attend concerts, go on picnics, swim at the campus beach, canoe on the campus lake, attend dances and participate in many other fun activities.

The average cost of band camp is around $400. Last year the Lincoln Junior High band was able to award $200 scholarships to more than 10 students. Community members and generous businesses donated money to help band students have new and inspirational experiences in music.

Lincoln Junior High will be accepting donations toward band camp scholarships throughout the school year. Donations can be dropped off at the school office, at 208 Broadway. Checks should be made out to Lincoln Junior High Band Boosters.

[News release]

Health care career scholarship applications available

[JAN. 26, 2002]  Applications for the Dwight F. Zimmerman Scholarship, sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, are currently available.

Applicants must be seniors graduating from Lincoln Community High School, Mount Pulaski High School, Olympia High School, Hartsburg-Emden High School, Delavan Community High School or Illini Central High School, or students currently attending Lincoln College.

All applicants who are chosen as finalists to interview with the scholarship selection committee will receive an award to be applied directly toward tuition, fees and books. The two top applicants will receive scholarships of $1,500. Other finalists will be awarded $500 scholarships.

  Applications are available in the guidance offices of the above-listed schools. Applications are to be submitted to the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, 315 Eighth St., Lincoln, IL 62656. The deadline to submit an application for the Zimmerman scholarship is April 5. For more information, call the foundation office at (217) 732-2161, Ext. 405.

People wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund may send their contributions to the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, 315 Eighth St., Lincoln, IL 62656.

[News release]


Mount Pulaski Grade School

Milk and condiments served with all meals.

Students in grades three through eight may choose hot dog and bun or peanut butter and jelly sandwich in place of main entrée.

Students in grades six through eight may choose salad bar in place of main entrée

Monday, Feb. 18 — No school; Presidents Day

Tuesday, Feb. 19 — Cheese pizza, lettuce, carrots, pears, cake

Wednesday, Feb. 20 — Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, fruit, bread, oleo

Thursday, Feb. 21 — Spaghetti, meat sauce, lettuce, green beans, orange, bread, oleo

Friday, Feb. 22 — Breaded chicken patty, bun, pickle, lettuce, corn, apple


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Monday, Feb. 25 — Cheese pizza, lettuce, corn, pineapple, cake

Tuesday, Feb. 26 — Chicken legs, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, pears, bread, oleo

Wednesday, Feb. 27 — Hot dog, bun, carrots, peas, potato chips, fruit

Thursday, Feb. 28 — Taco salad, green beans, banana, pudding pops, bread, oleo

Friday, March 1 — Breaded chicken patty, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy, orange, bread, oleo


New Holland-Middletown Elementary District 88

(Bread, butter, peanut butter, and 2 percent white or chocolate milk served daily)

Monday, Feb. 18 — Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, pears, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie

Tuesday, Feb. 19 — Hamburger-CB, bun, corn, pineapple, pumpkin bars

Wednesday, Feb. 20 — Chicken patty, mashed potatoes and gravy, mandarin oranges, Texas cake

Thursday, Feb. 21 — Chili, carrot sticks, dip, applesauce, peanut butter fingers

Friday, Feb. 22 — Cheese pizza, corn, pineapple, chocolate pudding


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Monday, Feb. 25 — Ham and potato casserole, peas, fruit cocktail, sugar cookie

Tuesday, Feb. 26 — Ravioli, green beans, strawberries, Texas cake

Wednesday, Feb. 27 — Dismissal before lunch

Thursday, Feb. 28 — Soft shell taco, corn, pears, brownies

West Lincoln-Broadwell Elementary School District 92

Monday, Feb. 18 — Ranch chicken strips, tortilla chips, shredded cheese, potato coins, green beans, peaches

Tuesday, Feb. 19 — Chili, crackers, cheese toasty, raw veggies, fruit ice

Wednesday, Feb. 20 — Creamed turkey on biscuit, potatoes, peas, fruit crisp

Thursday, Feb. 21 — Oven roasted chicken, potatoes, broccoli, bread and butter, jello

Friday, Feb. 22 — Tomato soup, crackers, cheese toasty, apple slices, fruit ice


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Monday, Feb. 25 — Chicken fillet, potatoes and gravy, peas, bread and butter, mixed fruit

Tuesday, Feb. 26 — Hot ham and cheese, bun, french fries, baked beans, pears

Wednesday, Feb. 27 — 11:15 dismissal; no lunch served

Thursday, Feb. 28 — Turkey tenderloin on bun, french fries, slaw, pudding cup


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