Honors & Awards,
‘Read Across America,’
read across Lincoln
2, 2002] Every
year, the National Education Association sponsors a special event at
the beginning of March known as “Read Across America.” Usually
centering around the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss, schools around
the world plan activities and parties, all centered around reading.
[Click here for more
Local activities for the last couple of years have been planned by
Renee Dreusicke and Tammy Barcalow. Ms. Dreusicke works for both
Jefferson and Northwest elementary schools. Ms. Barcalow teaches
fourth grade at Northwest.
Northwest School had the largest area involvement this year. Each
day of the week they had a special theme and event.
Tuesday’s theme was “Hats off to reading!” Students and faculty
wore hats all day. Hats ranged from normal baseball caps to “Cat in
the Hat” hats. One student was even spotted sporting a dinosaur
hat. The special activity for that day was “Drop everything and
read!” Throughout the day, teachers would announce that it was time
to “drop everything and read.” Students then did exactly that.
[Photos by Gina Sennett]
Wednesday’s theme brought back memories for some with “Sock it to
me with a good book!” Everyone wore strange, mismatched or just
plain weird socks. The special activity of the day was the
“Round-robin reading.” Students progressed from class to class to
hear each teacher read to them.
With Thursday’s theme, “Sweat it out with a good book!”, students
and faculty wore sweatsuits. On that day the upper grades
volunteered their time to read to the younger grades.
Friday, the final day of Read Across America week, dawned with
teachers in matching Read Across America T-shirts and all in
sunglasses for “Brighten the day with a good book!” day. The event
for this day was extra-special. 18 members of the local Rotary Club
volunteered their time to come to both Northwest and Jefferson to
read to the students. In addition, they donated 100 new books to
the Lincoln elementary schools.
The climactic event, however, occurred later in the afternoon. One
class selected from kindergarten to third grade and one class from
fourth to sixth grade got a
party to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The classes were chosen for
their percentage of participation in the activities of the week. At
Jefferson, the school as a whole had a party.
For completion of the event, all students and guest readers
received participation certificates from the NEA.
and recognition go out to the Rotary Club members who gave their
time: Bonnie Young, Terry Lock, Chris Graue, Bob Kidd, Bobbi Abbott,
Frank Adubato, Shanda Roderick, Deb Conlin, Wally Reifsteck, Jim
Ash, Joe Ryan, Darren Humphres, Joe Runyon, Art Rohrer, Mary Bruns,
Cynthia Kelley, Dayle Eldredge and Don Jordan.
Picture page coming on Monday
more information, visit the Read Across America website:
Junior High band prepares for contest for the first time in 30 years
1, 2002] Excitement
is high at Lincoln Junior High School, especially among the band
students. Each heart and finger is filling with nervousness as March
so special about March 9, other than its being a Saturday? For the
first time in 30 years, the members of the junior high band will be
participating in the solo and ensemble contest.
student has spent almost two months preparing a solo chosen for them
either by band director Chad Minier or a private teacher. In
addition to hours of practice, students also had the responsibility
of finding an accompanist from the area.
photos by Gina Sennett]
the next week, students will be putting the final touches on their
music. Each student will meet with his or her accompanist and Mr.
Minier to rehearse.
the day of the contest, the band will travel down to Chatham to
perform their well-practiced music in front of judges and
spectators. Students will be judged on tone, intonation, rhythm,
note accuracy, dynamics, posture and musical interpretation.
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Minier states, "I am very happy I decided to take the kids to
contest this year. The entire band is practicing more and it is
showing during concert band and jazz band rehearsals. Solo and
ensemble contest can be a great tool in inspiring young musicians to
work hard towards a particular goal. Students start to be a little
more responsible during the few months before a contest."
also says that in spite of the extra time it takes to prepare his
students for contest, he is glad that they will have this
opportunity. He remembers how important solo and ensemble contest
was for him when he was their age.
addition to the solo and ensemble contest, the band will be
traveling to the organizational contest on March 23, where they will
compete as a whole. Last year at that contest, the band received a
sends out a "good luck" wish to the members of the Lincoln
Junior High band. Win, lose or draw, may you feel you’ve done your
Read Across America
partners are the cat’s meow!
organizations come together to celebrate reading
1, 2002] WASHINGTON,
In its fifth year, the National Education Association’s
Read Across America promises to be the biggest and best yet, thanks
to some extraordinary partnerships with more than 40 organizations.
The annual celebration of reading that attracted
35 million children, teens and adults last year kicks off
March 1. Read Across
America coincides each year with the birthday of the late Dr. Seuss
NEA President Bob
Chase said, "Read Across America’s supporters and partners work
tirelessly year-round providing books, dedicated volunteers and
enriching activities to America’s children. We are proud and pleased
that these stellar organizations make an extra-special effort to
celebrate the joys of reading with the NEA through Read Across
For the fifth year
in a row, the publisher of Dr. Seuss titles, Random House Children’s Books, has generously donated thousands of Dr. Seuss
books for Read Across America events, created materials to share
with booksellers, educators and librarians, and sent the Cat in the
Hat himself on endless cross-country road trips.
The cats at
"Between the Lions" have provided NEA with a wealth of
activities, reading materials, reading tips for parents and book
lists to share with both English and Spanish readers.
country, members of the NFL Players Association will trade in
their helmets for red and white stovepipe hats to read to children.
This year, NEA and the
American Library Association have come
together to promote "Read Across America @ your library," with
English and Spanish language posters featuring actor Esai Morales
that encourage children to find reading fun at their local library.
Here’s a sampling
of how some other Read Across America partners are planning to
• First Book, a national nonprofit organization that provides
disadvantaged children with their very own first books, will send
participants to Culver City, Calif., to celebrate reading at a
taping of "Reba." Reba McEntire is First Book’s spokesperson and
has invited kids to see what kind of reading takes place during
the production of a television show.
• Through the Reach Out and Read program,
pediatricians encourage parents to read aloud to their young
children and give their patients books to take home at pediatric
checkups. Involvement of local ROR sites includes Reach Out
and Read of Toledo, Ohio, which is partnering with the local
children’s hospital to promote reading to
families of children who
are hospitalized and children visiting outpatient clinics on March
1. Staff will wear Cat in the Hat hats, give away Dr. Seuss books,
and patients will get to visit with the "good doctor" himself: a
city councilman dressed as Dr. Seuss.
• Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
in Upland, Calif., will be taking recorded versions of Seuss
books "The Butter Battle" and "Fox in Sox" to schools in Rancho
Cucamonga and Ontario. The students will listen to the stories on
four-track tapes and CDs recorded by volunteers from Boston. There
will also be birthday cakes with candles to blow out after singing
"Happy Birthday" to Dr. Seuss!
• There will be tons of after-school reading fun at local
clubs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. For example,
the Boys & Girls Club of Yuma, Ariz., will have a
read-a-thon with members. If they read a certain number of books
by the deadline, all of the Boys & Girls Club staff will "color"
their hair green. Children reading the most will have the honor of
"greening" the staff's hair. And boys and girls from Port
Charlotte, Fla., clubs will get to read with new Boys & Girls
Club spokesman Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers.
• Reading Is Fundamental is encouraging its grassroots network of volunteers to kick off
RIF’s "Read with Me Community Reading Challenge." RIF President
Carol Rasco and Daisy the Reading Pig will do so in Mattapan,
Mass. You can also find RIF fun in places like Bear, Del.,
where Leasure Elementary’s
Reading Is Fundamental Program
is having a "Mystery Book" marathon. Each grade received a clue
every day during the month of February. By the end of the week,
when the students figure out the book’s "identity," they will get a
special "Super Sleuth" sticker.
• There are some 2,050 Head Start programs in America, and
like the 28 classrooms of Sioux Falls Head Start in Sioux
Falls, S.D., many will participate in Read Across America
activities. Sioux Falls’ plans include quilting a story quilt,
pajama story night, a book swap, making Cat in the Hat hats, and
eating green eggs and ham.
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• Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
has recently joined NEA as a partner in Read Across America and
will be encouraging students around the country to read with
children as part of Yom Yeladim.
• In collaboration with Youth Service America, the
NEA is again sponsoring the "Youth Leaders for Literacy" grant
awards program which encourages young people to carry out literacy
service projects in their communities. In Pierce City, Mo.,
high school students are getting ready to launch their seven-week
service project that will include regular story readings at the
public library, a book drive and a poetry reading.
• The strong support of the International Reading
Association for Read Across America comes from its members,
like those of the Leon County Reading Association and the
Media Specialists of Leon County in Tallahassee, Fla., who
will read to children at schools, at the public libraries, in the
malls, and at local book stores and fast food restaurants for
"Read Across Leon County."
• Cable in the Classroom
is a public service effort supported by 39 national cable networks
and over 8,500 local cable companies. Time Warner Cable in Garden
Grove, Calif., will sponsor its third annual "Seuss Style Story
Writing Contest" for students in kindergarten through grade
six. Students are asked to
work as a group or team to write and illustrate their own story a
la Dr. Seuss. Winning stories are featured on their website.
To support NEA’s Read Across America and
in your community, we encourage you to explore new relationships
around reading at the local level with the regional, state, or local
chapters or affiliates of our National Partners: Afterschool
Alliance, American Association of School Librarians, American
Library Association, ASPIRA, Between the Lions, BookPALS, Boys &
Girls Clubs of America, Cable in the Classroom, Congress of National
Black Churches, Council for Exceptional Children, Everybody Wins!,
First Book, Friends of Libraries U.S.A., General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Hillel: The Foundation for
Jewish Campus Life, International Reading Association, Journalism
Education Association, Kiwanis International, Learning First
Alliance, Library of Congress—Center for the Book, LULAC, National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National
Association for Bilingual Education, National Association for the
Education of Young Children, National Association of Broadcasters,
National Center for Assessing the General Curriculum at CAST,
National Center for Family Literacy, National Conference of Black
Mayors, National Conference of La Raza, NFL Players Association,
National Head Start Association, National Institute for Literacy,
National PTA, Organization of Chinese Americans, PBS, Random House,
Reach Out and Read, Reading Is Fundamental Inc., Recording for the
Blind & Dyslexic, Saturn/UAW, Teachers.net, The Read In Foundation
Inc., The Village Foundation, YMCA of the U.S.A., Youth Service
America, and Zero to Three (National Center for Infants, Toddlers,
For more information:
[NEA news release]
filmmaking in town
22, 2002] School
technology coordinators from around the country gathered at the
Academic Development Institute in Lincoln on Wednesday and Thursday
to learn how to create new classroom learning opportunities through
the use of digital video.
workshop, conducted by Scott Fulk and John Redding, is just a small
part of ADI’s role in the Community for Learning school change
initiative in 46 schools around the country.
the picture, workshop participants Jocelyn Riley and Bruce Fuller,
both from Washington, D.C., schools, learn from Fulk (left) and
Redding how to edit digital video on a Macintosh laptop.
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."
[Click here for more
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
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
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.”
Click here for Brian "Fox" Ellis’ website:
sweeps Mathcounts, advances to state
22, 2002] The
Chester-East Lincoln Mathcounts team took first place at the
regional competition, which was at Millikin in Decatur on Saturday,
Feb. 9. Nine area schools were represented at the competion. The
team from Johns Hill school finished second. This was a reversal of
the results last year, when Johns Hill finished first and C-EL took
C-EL team members are Alison Kessinger, Kevin Huelskoetter, Troy
Tolan and Aarom Meyrick.
individual written competition consists of two tests. The first has
30 problems to be solved without a calculator. The second has eight
problems that permit the use of a calculator. Alison placed first
and Troy placed seventh in the written round.
top ten finishers from the written round advance to the oral
competition, where pairs of individuals compete against each other
before an audience. The competitors are given 45 seconds to solve a
problem and respond. The first contestant to answer three questions
correctly wins the round. Troy defeated six other contestants on his
way to the championship round, where he lost to Alison after being
team round consists of 10 problems that the four team members are
allowed to work on together.
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"All of the team members have worked hard on the many skills
necessary to compete successfully at this level," coach Rader said.
"Although neither Kevin nor Aaron received individual honors, the
scores they received and their contribution in the team round made
it possible for the entire team to advance to the state competition.
Their reward is another month of after-school practice and work on
C-EL team finished first in the overall standings and will advance
to the state Mathcounts competition in Chicago on March 9.
left: Coach Doug Rader, Kevin Huelskoetter, Troy Tolan.
Bottom, from left: Aaron Meyrick, Alison Kessinger]
spelldown ends with ‘turbulence’
21, 2002] The
annual Logan County Spelling Bee took place at the Logan County
Courthouse on Feb. 20. There were 14 school representatives involved
in this year’s contest, which went 11 rounds and consisted of 71
words. The Regional Office of Education and the Pantagraph sponsor
the spelling bee jointly.
Kessinger, daughter of Brian and Colleen Kessinger, was this year’s
winner. Alison is in the eighth grade and represented the
Chester-East Lincoln Elementary School. She won by correctly
spelling the word "turbulence."
Finnigan, a sixth-grader at Central School, placed second, and
Donavan Dye, an eighth-grader at New Wine Christian, was third.
McKeeth from the Bloomington Public Library was the pronouncer.
Pantagraph representative, Ellen Colbeck-Taylor, presented the
winner with a trophy, and George D. Janet, regional superintendent of
schools, presented new dictionaries to the final three.
three young people will represent Logan County at the Pantagraph
Spelling Bee on March 23 in Bloomington. The competition will be at
Westbrook Auditorium in Pressor Hall on the campus of Illinois
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speech team members compete at state
18, 2002] A
number of Lincoln Community High School speech team members competed
at the state tournament Friday and Saturday at Downers Grove South.
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."
individual varsity placements
Agostino — Eighth place, prose reading
Rohrer and Julie Wood — 10th place, dramatic duet acting
McLean — 15th place, oratorical declamation
Sasse — 17th place, radio speaking
Hanger and Kasey Pepperell — 19th place, humorous duet acting
Buttell — 19th place, humorous interpretation
Sank — 19th place, special occasion speaking
Agostino — 19th place, verse reading
Jodlowski and Carrie Schreiber are head coaches for the LCHS speech
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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.
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!
you again to all for a wonderful season."
LCHS speech team sends eight entries
to state tourney
11, 2002] Lincoln
Community High School hosted the sectional speech tournament on
Saturday, Feb. 9, and the local team placed fourth.
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.
students who qualified for the state tournament on Feb. 15 and 16 at
Downers Grove South High School are:
Agostino — First place in prose reading
McLean — Second place in oratorical declamation
Sasse — Second place in radio speaking
Sank — Third place in special occasion speaking
Rohrer and Julie Wood — Third place in dramatic duet acting
Buttell — Third place in humorous interpretation
Hanger and Kasey Pepperell — Third place in humorous duet acting
Agostino — Third place in verse reading
who placed at the tournament but did not advance to the state finals
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.
— Sixth place in impromptu speaking
[LCHS news release]
students on Lincoln College honor lists
11, 2002] Fifty
students from the Logan County area have been named on academic
honor lists for the 2001 fall semester at Lincoln College.
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.
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.
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
College news release]
Club sponsors health career scholarships
28, 2002] Zonta
Club of Lincoln will again sponsor health career scholarships for
residents of Logan County who are enrolled in or accepted into a
health care professional curriculum. Scholarships totaling $3,000
will be awarded. The number of scholarships will be determined by
the club’s scholarship committee.
encourages students to make application if they are considering any
health career field, including veterinary medicine, sports medicine,
physical therapy or pharmacy.
award is for one academic year and is contingent upon the student’s
sustained academic achievement. Former recipients are encouraged to
forms are available from county high schools and colleges, several
health care facilities and pharmacies in the county, and by request.
completed applications, including references, are due to the
scholarship committee by March 5. For applications and information,
contact Bonnie K. Young, 307 N. Elm St., Lincoln, IL 62656; phone
Club of Lincoln has awarded health career scholarships since 1981,
assisting 41 students from Logan County with 54 scholarships
totaling $56,750. Last year Zonta awarded five recipients $1,000
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announces screening days for preschoolers
28, 2002] If
you live in the Chester-East Lincoln School District, please take
advantage of the school’s developmental screening days. Any child
from birth to 5 years old is eligible to take part in the free
children who will be 5 years old before Sept. 1 and plan to enter
kindergarten for the 2002-2003 school year need to go through
process will take about one hour.
• Monday, March 11 — 3- to 5-year-olds
• Monday, March 25 — Infants to 5-year-olds
will be scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
call C-EL at 732-4136 for an appointment for your child.
invites students and parents to visit its campus
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
more information see www.imsa.edu.
scholarship program seeks applicants
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.
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
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.
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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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.
more information on entering, sponsoring or volunteering for Miss HOI,
e-mail email@example.com or
visit the official Miss Heart of Illinois website: misshoi.homestead.com.
Gunderson, Miss HOI 2001,
is crowned by Bethany Von Behren, Miss HOI
and Jennifer Powers, Miss Illinois.]
application deadline drawing near
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.
in Aurora, IMSA has an enrollment of 609 students representing all
areas of the state.
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.
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.
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
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can help junior high students go to band camp
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
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.
stay on campus in dorms during the band camp.
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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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
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.
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.
care career scholarship applications available
26, 2002] Applications
for the Dwight F. Zimmerman Scholarship, sponsored by the Abraham
Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, are currently available.
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.
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
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.
wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund may send their
contributions to the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, 315
Eighth St., Lincoln, IL 62656.
(Milk is served with all
March 4 — Cereal,
cinnamon toast, juice
March 5 —
Cinnamon iced pastry, fruit
March 6 — Cereal,
toast with apple butter, juice
March 7 —
Scrambled eggs, toast, potato smiles
March 8 — Cereal,
graham crackers with dip, juice
(Milk is served with all
March 4 — Chicken
fried steak, mashed potatoes, bread and butter, peaches
March 5 —
Barbecued rib on bun, potato rounds, carrot sticks, green beans
March 6 — Beef
stew, lettuce salad, cheesy biscuits, jello with fruit
March 7 — Sloppy
Joes, french fries, cole slaw, applesauce
March 8 — French
toast sticks with syrup, sausage patty, hash brown, pineapple
Lincoln-Broadwell Elementary School District 92
is included with every meal.)
March 1 —
Tortilla chips, cheese, taco meat, lettuce olé, corn, spiced apples
March 4 — No
school; Casimer Pulaski Day
March 5 — Chicken
fillet on bun, cheese potatoes, green beans, sliced peaches
March 6 — Soft
tacos, salsa, lettuce, tortilla chips, cheese, corn, jello
March 7 — Creamed
turkey on biscuit, potatoes, peas, strawberry applesauce
March 8 — Cheese
pizza, french fries, tossed salad, sliced pears
March 11 —
Cheeseburger on bun, potato wedges, baked beans, peaches
March 12 — Ham
horseshoe, french fries, raw veggies, applesauce
March 13 — Chili,
pasta, crackers, toasted cheese, apple slices, fruit ice
March 14 —
Barbecued chicken on bun, au gratin potatoes, slaw, diced pears
March 15 —
Tortilla chips, cheese sauce, corn, lettuce olé, sugar cookie
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— Turkey tenderloin on bun,
potato rounds, shellie beans, diced pears
March 19 —
Creamed turkey on biscuit, potatoes, peas, jello
March 20 —
Breadsticks, meat sauce, lettuce salad, corn, cake, fruit
March 21 —
Chicken fried steak, potatoes and gravy, broccoli and cheese,
March 22 — Tomato
soup, crackers, toasted cheese, raw veggies, fruit ice
March 25 —
Oven-fried chicken, potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce
March 26 — Sloppy
Joe on bun, assorted chips, corn, assorted desserts
March 27 — No
school; spring break
March 28 — No
school; spring break
March 29 — No
school; spring break
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