Hauser teachers raise $4,200, take Polar Plunge

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Eight teachers at Hauser Junior High School in Riverside braved the cold on March 4 by jumping into Lake Michigan during the 2018 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Illinois.

The week prior to the Plunge, faculty members involved in the event have solicited funds by standing outside the school and in the mail office holding large photos of their faces mounted on cardboard, greeting students and collecting loose change and dollars.

The group raised $4,200, with $500 of that total raised by students. The faculty members on the Hauser Polar Plunge team included Special Olympics coach Caitlin Staib along with Mirko Dimitirjevic, Marella Harrington, Meredith Harvey, Lynn Janik, April Mahy, Erin McGinnis, Beth Mendralla, Ed Mendralla and Cameron Patterson.

 

On campus

Riverside residents Andrew Salij, Roman Salij and Kristine Herbst were named to the 2017 fall semester dean's list at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. The dean's list recognizes students with a semester grade-point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale.

Four Riverside-Brookfield High School students were selected to represent the school at the Illinois Music Education Association's All State Music event in Peoria in January. Those representing RBHS included Joy Greco and Johnathan Wells (all-state honor chorus), Katherine LaHart (all-state chorus) and Luka Malociv (composition track).

In January, the Riverside-Brookfield High School chess team won the Metro Suburban Conference championship. Six of eight Bulldogs won their respective boards, including Jackson Hajer, Luke Graham, Andres Resto, Rokas Lukosevicius, Megan Sroka and Peter Giannetos. Joe Vitek and Alexander Mercado both finished second on their boards. All eight were named all-conference players.

Riverside-Brookfield High School student Michael F. Labellarte has been named a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), which recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, superior scholarship and community commitment.

After a four-year drought, Lyons Township High School advances students to the Speech State Finals. Miles Hession, a senior from Brookfield, competed in extemporaneous speaking and finished fourth. Junior Pilar Valdes, of Countryside, competed in special occasion speaking.

In addition, two students from Riverside-Brookfield High School advanced to the sectional round of the Speech State Finals in February. Cameron Winkler, a sophomore from North Riverside, placed first in humorous interpretation at the Bensenville Regional. Delaney O'Brien, a junior from North Riverside, placed fourth in prose.

Riverside-Brookfield High School students Greg Suarez and Kenna Howorth were recognized for their performances at the Shakespeare local competition sponsored by the Chicago branch of the English Speaking Union on Jan. 30.

Suarez placed first, besting six others and advancing to the Chicago competition with his presentation of a sonnet and monologue from "Hamlet." Howorth placed second with her sonnet and "Richard III" monologue.

Riverside-Brookfield High School student Natalie Lisle won a Gold Key award for her photograph "Longing" at the 2018 Regional Scholastic Art Competition at Downers Grove North High School in February. Silver Key winners included Will Gerena (comic art) and Natalia Valenzuela (photography).

Several Riverside-Brookfield High School students won awards for the performances on the National German Exam. Winning gold medals were Jonas Raith (Honors German III), Gustas Gladstein (Honors German III), Laura McLean (Honors German III) and Eleanor Perrier (German II). Silver medal winners included Robert Parisi (AP German IV), Sara Vacek (AP German IV) and Kristina Tepic (Honors German III).

Four Riverside-Brookfield High School students were selected to represent the school at the Illinois Music Education Association's All State Music event in Peoria in January. Those representing RBHS included Joy Greco and Johnathan Wells (all-state honor chorus), Katherine LaHart (all-state chorus) and Luka Malociv (composition track).

In January, the Riverside-Brookfield High School chess team won the Metro Suburban Conference championship. Six of eight Bulldogs won their respective boards, including Jackson Hajer, Luke Graham, Andres Resto, Rokas Lukosevicius, Megan Sroka and Peter Giannetos. Joe Vitek and Alexander Mercado both finished second on their boards. All eight were named all-conference players.

Riverside-Brookfield High School student Michael F. Labellarte has been named a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), which recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, superior scholarship and community commitment.

After a four-year drought, Lyons Township High School advances students to the Speech State Finals. Miles Hession, a senior from Brookfield, competed in extemporaneous speaking and finished fourth. Junior Pilar Valdes, of Countryside, competed in special occasion speaking.

In addition, two students from Riverside-Brookfield High School advanced to the sectional round of the Speech State Finals in February. Cameron Winkler, a sophomore from North Riverside, placed first in humorous interpretation at the Bensenville Regional. Delaney O'Brien, a junior from North Riverside, placed fourth in prose.

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