Riverside actors star at Drury Lane

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Two longtime Riverside residents star in Drury Lane's current production of The Gin Game, a 1978 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama and a four-time Tony Award nominee.

The play runs through Aug. 13 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.

The two-act, two-character play stars the husband-and-wife team of Paula Scrofano and John Reeger as strangers who strike up an acquaintance and begin to play gin rummy. As the game progresses intimate secrets of their lives are revealed and they begin to search for each other's weaknesses in both the game and life itself.

For more info and to order tickets, visit www.drurylanetheatre.com. 

Beau Benoy Award winner

James Cameron was this the winner of this year's Beau Benoy Award, given annually to a Central School fifth-grader whose life and achievement demonstrate an enduring commitment to qualities associated with the Six Pillars of good character: trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

The award is given each year in memory of the late Beau Benoy, who was 12 when he was struck by a car in 2001 outside his Riverside home.

Other students nominated for the award this year were Vera Brenneman, Cooper Marrs, Brian Pipal and Caroline Strubbe.

On campus

Among those receiving bachelor's degrees from Butler University in Indianapolis in May Riverside residents Allie Burke (international business, economics) and Alexis Dryier (marketing) and North Riverside resident Kaija Bole (middle/secondary education, mathematics).

North Riverside resident Gabrielle Ulloa was named to the honor roll at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy for the spring 2017 semester.

Riverside residents Elizabeth Dore (elementary education) and Andrew Hanley (electrical and computer engineering) were among those receiving bachelor's degrees during commencement weekend at Northern Illinois University in May.

Geordie Ebright, a 2011 graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School, received his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Western Michigan University in April.

Brookfield residents Lucy Lopata and Alyssa Wurtzinger were among the more than 1,200 students receiving their bachelor's degrees from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston

Rebecca Rusiecki, of Riverside, graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in political science from the American University in Washington, D.C. She was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts) and Pi Sigma Alpha (political science) national honor societies.

Carli Evans, of Brookfield, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama during the school's commencement ceremonies in May.

Several local students received their bachelor's degrees during the commencement ceremony at Augustana College in Rock Island on May, including Brookfield residents Colleen Brown (communications sciences/psychology, cum laude), Jordan Peklo (applied mathematics/studio art) and Kelly Wallner (communication sciences/psychology/Spanish); North Riverside resident Monica Fiala (psychology, cum laude); and Riverside residents Daniel Lattner (business administration/economics) and Anne Mitchell (vocal music education, summa cum laude).

Riverside residents Isabela Bacidore, Nicole LaBelle and Ashley Rayfield were named to the 201617 second semester dean's list at Miami (Ohio) University. Dean's list students are ranked in the top 20 percent of undergraduate students within each division.

Katie Wallner, an advertising major from Brookfield, was named to the 2017 spring semester dean's list at Iowa State University for achieving a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale for the semester.

Alma (Michigan) College has announced that Riverside resident Adam Martinson and Brookfield resident Erika Zenchak were named to the dean's list during the 2017 winter term for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5.  

Brookfield residents Mayra Baeza and Gina Crisanti and Riverside residents Emily Michl and Stephanie Rodriguez were named to the 2017 spring semester dean's list at the University of Dayton for achieving a GPA of at least 3.5.

Sarah Javors, of Riverside, was named to the 2017 spring semester dean's list at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, for attaining a semester GPA of at least 3.5., and Brookfield resident Libby Creek earned a spot on the school's provost list for achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Olivia Novak, of Brookfield, has earned semester honors for the 2017 spring semester at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, for achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 for the semester.

Riverside resident Julia Boge was named to the dean's list at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania, for the 2017 spring semester for attaining a GPA of at least 3.6.

North Riverside resident Andres Garcia (nursing) and Riverside resident Austin Sundstrom (history) were named to the dean's list for the 2017 spring semester at Northern Illinois University.

Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park has announced its second semester honors students.

Earning "A Honors" (3.8-4.0+ GPA) were Brookfield residents Grace Acosta, Jocelyn Contini, Gloria Corona, Leilani Dodson, Jeremy Kolasa, Brittany Schneider and David Sullivan; North Riverside resident Danny Zontos; and Riverside residents Carlie Merola and Hana Sedivy.

Earning "B Honors" (3.33-3.79 GPA) were Brookfield residents Gunnar Hendrix, Braden Schneider and Archer Wagner; North Riverside residents Diego Arroyo, Samantha Escalante and Roberto Irigoyen; and Riverside residents Ben Bernasek and David Hertogs.

Antonio Giron, of Brookfield, has been elected treasurer of the Lyons Township High School Student Council for the 2017-18 school year. Giron will be a junior in the coming school year.

Brookfield resident Christina Rossetti has been named photo editor of the Lion, the newspaper at Lyons Township High School, for the 2017-18 school year. Rossetti will be a senior in 2017-18.

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