LTHS principal, local businessman honored for partnership

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Brian Waterman, principal a Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, was named a Reaching Out and Building Bridges Award winner from the Illinois Principal Association for establishing the school's partnership with a local business to provide real-world work experience to students with various disabilities.

The award was created to recognize outstanding efforts in creating partnerships between school, principals, associations and organizations for the betterment of all.

The school created Transition Perks in 2012 as an in-school coffee shop to provide work experience for students with disabilities participating in the life-skills program. As the program grew, Western Springs businessman Nicholas Cozzi offered the use of his store, Tropical Sno, to expand services in 2014.

Tropical Sno provides the storefront for Transition Perks to operate during the school year and support for training students in customer service, taking orders, tracking inventory and handling money. All profits are invested in scholarships for students in the program to support future educational and career endeavors.

Both Waterman and Cozzi will be recognized at a special ceremony in October in Springfield.

Follow the leader

Riverside Police Explorer Bailey Hastings attended a week-long leadership academy in Quantico, Virginia, at the Drug Enforcement Administration Academy. The experience was designed to promote leadership and character building among the 28 selected Explorers from across the United States.

Hastings, 17, of Riverside, received expert training on character development, confidence building and decision making from professionals across federal law enforcement.

Juniors recognize members, award scholarship

Riverside-Brookfield High School graduate Cynthia Smith was selected to receive the $1,500 Outstanding Community Service Recognition Scholarship from the Riverside Junior Woman's Charity. Smith, who will attend the University of Chicago this fall, was chosen for "excellent community service throughout her high school career."

In addition, the Juniors selected Elke Liewald as the 2017 RJWC Junior of the Year for her "outstanding service to the community and unwavering commitment to the goals and mission of RJWC."

Finally, Ames School Elementary School third-grader Avery Long received an Aunt Diana's gift card and rode along with the Juniors in the July 4 parade for coming up with the club's Fourth of July theme "Red, White and Blue: Riverside Our Love is True!" 

On campus

Two Riverside residents were among the more than 7,000 students receiving degrees during the University of Wisconsin-Madison's spring commencement ceremonies in May. Drew Gresik, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science while Charles Wert received a Bachelor of Science in rehabilitation psychology.

Riverside resident Bryan Reyes received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics during commencement ceremonies in May and was named to the chancellor's list for the 2017 spring semester at University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in his final semester.

Emma Dincecco, of Riverside, graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Roger Williams University (Bristol, Rhode Island) in May.

North Riverside residents Hollie M. Ferrer and Jonathan Morón received bachelor's degrees during commencement ceremonies at Bradley University in Peoria in May. Ferrer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, while Morón earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

The University of Iowa has announced that several local students were awarded degrees during commencement ceremonies in May in Iowa City, including Brookfield resident Melissa Frieberg (B.A., elementary education, with distinction); North Riverside residents Daniel Buenik (B.B.A., management) and Jack Gavin (B.A. international relations and political science); and Riverside residents Scott LeBeau (B.F.A, art), Claire Lombardo (M.F.A., English) and Alanna Maloney (B.A., elementary education).

Noah Corrigan, of Riverside, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in corporate communications during commencement ceremonies at Marquette University in Milwaukee in May.

Brookfield resident Sonja Maria Davy graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education during commencement ceremonies at Wheaton College in May. Davy was also named to the spring semester 2017 dean's list.

Kathleen Maxwell, of Riverside, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in environmental studies and German, from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota in May. Maxwell also was named to the school's 2017 spring semester dean's list.

Riverside residents Isabela Bacidore (political science), Sean DeMuro (finance) and Ashley Rayfield (marketing, summa cum laude) were awarded bachelor's degrees during the spring commencement ceremony at Miami (Ohio) University in May.

Aurora University has named Luca J. Melone, of North Riverside, to the dean's list for the 2017 spring semester. Melone, who is majoring in accounting, attained a grade-point average of at least 3.6 on a 4-point scale.

Abraham Ourth, of Riverside, was named to the dean's list at Hillsdale (Michigan) College for the 2017 spring semester. An economic major, Ourth is a 2014 graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School and the son of Joe Ourth and Nancy Hopkins.

Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, has named Emily O'Connor, of Riverside, to the 2017 spring semester dean's list for attaining a GPA of at least 3.4.

Monica Mascitti, of Riverside, has made the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater dean's list for the 2017 spring semester by attaining a GPA of at least 3.4 for the semester.

Brookfield residents Connor Berek, Colleen Brown, Jordan Peklo and Evan St. Paul; North Riverside resident Monica Fiala; and Riverside residents Anne Mitchell and Moira Dunn were named to the dean's list for the 2107 spring term at Augustana College in Rock Island. Each attained a semester GPA of at least 3.5.

Riverside resident Rachel Heuel was named to the 2017 spring semester dean's list at the University of Iowa.

Sean Pruitt-Jones, of Riverside, was named to the 2017 spring semester dean's list at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, for attaining a semester GPA of at least 3.75. Pruitt-Jones is studying theater and Norwegian.

Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, has named Brookfield residents Dominic Bongiorno, Rachel Lutz and Elisabeth McCroary and Riverside resident Charlie Marcou to the 2017 spring semester dean's list for maintaining a GPA of at least 3.5 while taking a full-time course load.

Caleb Clark, of Riverside, and Jeremiah Clarkson, of Brookfield, were named to the 2017 spring semester dean's list at Wheaton College for achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 for the semester.

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