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Arbor Day brings trees
to Lincoln schools

[APRIL 29, 2003]  As it has in the past, Arbor Day brought new trees to Lincoln elementary schools. The city of Lincoln, with the help of Lincoln Community High School National Honor Society students, kept up its tradition of planting trees and encouraging youngsters to plant trees and take good care of them.

This year, willow oaks were planted at Washington-Monroe, Carroll Catholic, Zion Lutheran and West Lincoln-Broadwell, and a willow oak and a snowdrift crab were planted at Jefferson School.

A very special tree, a black oak, was planted at Chester-East Lincoln School in memory of former eighth-grade student Cash Tapper, who died Feb. 1 of this year. A memorial stone for Tapper was set in the ground near the tree, and another memorial stone was set for Bryant Covert, a Chester-East Lincoln student who died last year.

Tapper's parents, Alan and Marilyn, and his 18-year-old brother, Matthew, attended the tree-planting ceremony, along with students from the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. A poem written by Cash's friends was read aloud by Jordan Gallagher.

The seven trees, valued at more than $500, were donated by Steve Schilling of Salt Creek Tree Farm, according to Donnie Osborne, Lincoln's street superintendent, in charge of the project for the city.

Osborne and five National Honor Society students spent the day visiting these and three other Lincoln schools, Northwest, Adams and Central, handing out white pine seedlings and booklets about trees and their care to all first-graders. NHS students Audrey Beach, Abby Matson, Lydia Moehring, Emilie Young and Chris Allen also gave the youngsters a lesson on trees and their care.


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Youngsters learned the parts of a tree -- roots, trunk and crown -- and what those parts do, what trees need to stay healthy and how to tell the age of a tree.


[photo by Joan Crabb]
First-graders in Sheila Davisonís room at Carroll Catholic School get a lesson on trees from LCHS National Honor Society students (left to right) Audrey Beach, Emilie Young, Abby Matson, Chris Allen and Lydian Moehring, while Lincoln Street Superintendent Donnie Osborne looks on.

New this year were colorful and informative booklets for the first-graders to take home, telling them more about trees and how to care for them. The booklets, from Iowa State University, along with the seedlings, were donated by the city. White pine seedlings were chosen, Osborne said, because they do well in Lincoln's soil and climate.

Adviser Pam Pollack, who accompanied the NHS students, said these students and many others will be involved in more tree planting and care on May 6, in observance of Earth Day (April 22).

Osborne said the city of Lincoln has been sponsoring the tree planting at city schools for almost 10 years.

"We don't plant trees for ourselves but for future generations," he said.

[Joan Crabb]

Local student featured in U.S. News article

[APRIL 28, 2003]  Tina Auxier of Lincoln has received word that she will be featured in the April 28 issue of U.S. News & World Report in an article on the Stafford student loan program.

The federal Stafford program provides loans for students based on their financial need. Like many of her peers, Auxier secured her loans by filling out federal financial aid forms at her universityís financial aid office. A psychology major, she expects to graduate May 4 from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

A reporter based in Virginia interviewed Auxier for the article, and a photographer came from Chicago for an hour-long photo shoot Wednesday. Auxier says she does not know why she was chosen as a subject but surmises that the reporter wanted a Wesleyan student because the university is consistently rated a best buy in the U.S. News & World Report college-ranking issue.

Auxier currently volunteers as a court-appointed special advocate for child abuse and neglect cases. She is employed as a team leader at Lincoln Terrace. After graduation she hopes to find professional employment in which she can continue working with developmentally disabled adults or children in abuse and neglect situations.


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At the university Auxier is a member of the Office of Residential Life resident assistant staff. For two years she belonged to Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. A 1999 graduate of Lincoln Community High School, she was awarded an Illinois Manufactured Housing Association scholarship as a college freshman.

She is the daughter of Verl and Lori Auxier of Lincoln. In the fall her mother was laid off from her job at Logan Mason Rehabilitation Center because the closing of Lincoln Developmental Center resulted in fewer rehab clients. Lori Auxier had been employed at Logan Mason Rehab for 12 years.

Tina Auxier returned to the Wesleyan financial aid office and reported her changed circumstances. Within three weeks she was notified that the university would grant more in tuition assistance and she could take out an additional Stafford loan.

[Lynn Spellman]


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Young authors to attend conference

[MARCH 27, 2003]  Two local students will attend the 29th statewide Young Authors Conference at Illinois State University on May 17. Jaci Gandenberger, daughter of Gil and Bonnie Gandenberger of 302 Sixth St., will be the seventh-grade Lincoln Junior High representative, and Marc Allen Haduch, son of Laura Haduch of 401 Community Drive, will attend as a second-grader from Mrs. Sharon Cline's class at Northwest School.

These students will share their manuscripts with other young authors, meet guest speakers and enjoy lunch at ISU. Special sessions will be available for parents.

Manuscripts were submitted by these students:

Jaci Gandenberger, seventh grade, LJHS, "Dancing at Disney"

Brittany Reve, seventh grade, LJHS, "The Parade"

Heather Meisenbach, sixth grade, Central, "Six Flags"

Jason Stauffer, sixth grade, Northwest, "A Boy's Dog"

Michelle Miller, second grade, Adams, "The Vampire"

Abby Ladwig, second grade, Adams, "Surprise Party"

Marc Haduch, first grade, Northwest, "Joey's Move"

[News release]

Honors & Awards

Zion Lutheran School honor roll

Third quarter

[APRIL 22, 2003] 

Third grade

High honors -- Morgan Conrady

Honors -- Kayla Huskins, Zach Leonard, Ethan Wibben

Honorable mention -- Nick Davis, Ethan Hartman, Matthew Roos, Lauren Stanfield, Lexie Van Winkle

Fourth grade

High honors -- Amanda Howard, Aaron Klemm, Bethany Last, Josh Sager

Honors -- Ross Arneaud, Trevor Arrington, Lindsey Beccue, Joseph Mangano, Brandon Miller, Kelsey Wendlandt

Honorable mention -- Billy Campbell, Ben Rekart, Emily Rossetti

Fifth grade

High honors -- Jordan Barr, Scott Carnahan, Bryce Hunsley, Kathryn Opperman, Raeann Sheley

Honors -- Michael Eack, Joshua Kastendick, Lorenda Kirby, Emily Sheley

Honorable mention -- Kristine Apel, Caroline Cole, Bethany Dzekunskas, Diana Kastendick, Jonathan Mangano, Devin Pegram

Sixth grade

Honors -- Kate Harmsen, Lauren May, Colleen Pech, Ethan Plumier, Brittany Rogers

Honorable mention -- Hailey Cooper, Dovie Estep, Autumn Hickey, Samantha Lambros, Todd Schumacher


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Seventh grade

High honors -- Jan Arneaud, Emilie Lower, Jenna Opperman, Amanda Podbelsek, Annie Sheley

Honors -- Sabra Boyd, Andy Brown, Sara Rossetti

Honorable mention -- Kelsey Shull

Eighth grade

High honors -- Nick May, Esther Smith, Ally Fuiten, Kate Kastendick

Honors -- Josh Bartels, Michelle Eack, Candace Schmidt, David Williams

Honorable mention -- Chris Powley, Isaac Sheley, Joe Heidbreder, Amy Johnson, Shannon Laughery

Zonta scholars announced

[APRIL 18, 2003]  The Zonta Club of Lincoln has awarded four $1,000 health career scholarships following the April 15 judging at the Logan County Title Company in Lincoln. Those receiving the scholarships are:

--Casey Davis, a second semester junior at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Her course of study is animal science and pre-veterinary. She will enter veterinary school in the fall of 2004.

--Tara L. Ashley, who is in her second year of pharmacy school at Purdue University. Her goal is working toward a doctorate in pharmacy.

--Lydia G. Moehring, a senior at Lincoln Community High School. She has been accepted at Southern Illinois University and will have nursing as her course of study.

--Amanda J. Harmsen, a senior at Lincoln Community High School. She has been accepted at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, with a course of study in pre-medicine and chemistry. She has a goal of working in the fields of oncology or surgery. .



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The judges were:

--Judy Bandy of Clinton, director of nursing at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

--Joyce Conrady of Mason City, administrator of Mason City Area Nursing Home.

--Teri Rich of Mason City, special education teacher for Unit 23, Mount Pulaski.

--Joyce Liesman of Lincoln, Zonta member and a social worker at Department of Child and Family Services.

--Leslie Wilmert of Lincoln, Zonta member and former teacher, now retired, for District 27 schools in Lincoln.

The scholarship committee for Zonta is chaired by Mary Bruns. Others on the committee are Glenda Allison; Kristen Green-Morrow, M.D.; Melissa Hardiek, M.D.; and Bonnie K. Young.

[Zonta Club of Lincoln press release]

Reichle one of five women Redbirds
receiving academic achievement awards

[APRIL 18, 2003]  NORMAL -- Five Illinois State student-athletes and a faculty member from the Karin L. Bone Athletics Study Center received awards for their accomplishments in the classroom as the 2002-03 academic year winds to a close.

Basketball player Steph Reichle was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Public Relations by the Communications Department at Illinois State. A native of Lincoln, Reichle holds a 3.91 grade-point average and is majoring in public relations.

Kristy Kreinbrink of the women's gymnastics team was named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Journalism by the Communications Department. The Leipsic, Ohio, native carries a 3.57 grade-point average and is pursuing a degree in mass communications.

Lindsay Klinefelter of the women's gymnastics team received the Clifford E. Horton Scholarship as well as the Trent R. Richard Scholarship from the Kinesiology and Recreation Department. The Silvis native has a 3.96 grade-point average as a physical education major.

A thrower for the Redbird track-and-field team, Joseph Drevlow was given the Howard Hancock Athetic Achievment Award by the KNR department. The Park Forest native carries a 3.26 grade-point average and is majoring in physical education.




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Deborah Birrer, a former record-breaking swimmer at Illinois State, was given two awards, the Athletic Training Sequence Professional Development Award and the McGuiness Distinguished Senior Award. A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Birrer finished up her athletic career at Illinois State in 2002, but is still continuing her academic work toward a degree in physical education.

Jill Hollembeak, assistant director and tutor coordinator for academic advisement, was given the Joint Study/Faculty Research Award by the KNR department for her work with Dr. Anthony Amorose, a professor of sports psychology at Illinois State, on a thesis entitled "Perceived Coaching Behaviors and Athletes' Intrinsic Motivation: A Test of Self-Determination Theory."

"It is good to see that our student-athletes, and Jill, are striving for excellence in all areas of their lives," said Jane Fulton, assistant athletic director of academics and life skills at Illinois State. "Their commitment to academics trickles down into everything that they do. They are all excellent role models and citizens within the Illinois State community."

[Rob Huizenga, athletics media relations,
Illinois State University]


Lincoln Elementary School District 27


(Milk served with all meals)

Tuesday, May 6 -- Trix yogurt, half cinnamon "tastry"

Wednesday, May 7 -- Cereal, toast with jelly, juice

Thursday, May 8 -- Ham-egg-cheese burrito, fruit

Friday, May 9 -- Cereal, cinnamon toast, juice



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(Milk served with all meals)

Tuesday, May 6 -- Hot ham and cheese on bun, green beans, celery with peanut butter, pears

Wednesday, May 7 -- Tacos with lettuce and cheese, corn, tortilla chips with salsa, strawberry applesauce

Thursday, May 8 -- Oven-fried breaded chicken, mashed potatoes, bread and butter, peaches

Friday, May 9 -- Hamburger on bun with cheese slice, potato rounds, carrot sticks, baked beans

New Holland-Middletown Elementary District 88

Two percent and chocolate milk, bread, butter, and peanut butter served daily.

Menu may be subject to change.

Tuesday, May 6 -- Corn dogs, corn, peaches, oatmeal cookie

Wednesday, May 7 -- Dismissal before lunch

Thursday, May 8 -- Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, pears, vanilla pudding

Friday, May 9 -- Chicken nuggets, carrot sticks, pineapple, chocolate chip cookie

Monday, May 12 -- Ravioli, green beans, peaches, Texas cake

Tuesday, May 13 -- Tenderloin and bun, carrot sticks, applesauce, sugar cookie

Wednesday, May 14 -- Toasted cheese sandwich, corn, mandarin oranges, brownie cookie

Thursday, May 15 -- Chicken taco, peas, pears, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie

Friday, May 16 -- Cheese pizza, carrot sticks, applesauce, ice cream treat

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Monday, May 19 -- Ham sandwich, green beans, pears, peach cobbler

Tuesday, May 20 -- Chicken patty, cheesy potatoes, pineapple, sugar cookie

Wednesday, May 21 -- Hot dog and bun, corn, strawberries, peanut butter fingers

Thursday, May 22 -- Nachos, carrot sticks, pineapple, gushers

Friday, May 23 -- Spaghetti, lettuce salad, peaches, brownie cookie

Monday, May 26 -- No school

Tuesday, May 27 -- Corn dogs, green beans, pineapple, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie

Wednesday, May 28 -- Fish, peas, mandarin oranges, sugar cookie

Thursday, May 29 -- Macaroni and cheese, corn, pears, chocolate pudding


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