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Riverside-Brookfield High School Superintendent Kevin Skinkis was honored by his high school alma mater in January, when Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park named him to their athletic hall of fame.
Skinkis was one of eight Nazareth sports legends inducted into the hall of fame at a ceremony on Jan. 15 during the halftime of the varsity boys basketball game. Inductees are eligible five years after graduating from the school.
Athletes are honored for significant achievement as a Nazareth Academy athlete, with consideration given to post-high school accomplishments. Skinkis graduated from Nazareth in 1994.
While at Nazareth, Skinkis was an all-conference and all-area football player for three years. In 1993 he was named a Top 100 Prep Football Player by the Chicago Sun-Times and won a full athletic scholarship to play football at Southern Illinois University, where he excelled as an offensive lineman.
Teachers nationally certified
Riverside-Brookfield High School announced recently that it has five teachers who have earned National Board certification, including Kirstin Bacon (the first recipient and RB mentor for the program), Laurence Forberg, Jessica Mauritzen, Jill McGrath and Dan OfRourke.
And the school has four more teachers, including Michele Koehler, Cherise Lopez, Dave Monti and Kathy Wyszynski, who are going through the certification process at this time. Teacher Bridget Wilmot is completing the Take One program, which is a shorter version of the process.
The national certification process is an extensive one that includes written and online assessments. Attaining national certification is considered an advanced teaching credential involving the highest standards and best practices for accomplished teaching, leading and learning.
Olmsted Society elects officers
The Frederick Law Olmsted Society elected a new slate of officers at their annual meeting on Jan. 13.
The new leadership includes Tim Ozga, president; Sander Kaplan, vice president; Yvonne Lucero, secretary and Fred Kitch, treasurer.
Elected to one-year terms on the FLOS board of directors were Frank and Paula Gagliano; two-year terms, Rob Dixon, Kim Dixon and Tina Duve; and three-year terms, Kim Jacobs, Sander Kaplan, Theresa Pelletier, Cindy Kellogg, Shawn Sinn, James Petrzilka and Sandie Petrzilka.
Officer honored for extra effort
Brookfield Police Officer Mark McEwan was named the Officer of the Year for 2011 by the Brookfield Citizens Police Academy in December. According to his letter of recommendation from two department supervisors, McEwan went above and beyond the call of duty on a routine possession of cannabis charge.
Instead of simply making an arrest and charging the subject with possession, McEwan gathered more information as well as a confidential informant.
With the information police were able to obtain, they executed a search warrant which resulted in the seizure of drugs, money and weapons.
Riverside Deputy Police Chief John Krull has been appointed to the ITT Technical Institute Criminal Justice Advisory Committee. The school's criminal justice program classes are held in Oak Brook
It's a major award
Linda Sokol Francis, president of the Brookfield-Riverside Rotary Club, received the Rotary Major Donor Crystal in honor of her contributions to promote continued growth in the areas of educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. Francis is a resident of Western Springs.
Riverside-Brookfield High School student James Wang is the winner of the 2012 Wells Vocal Scholarship given by the Oak Park Handel Week Festival.
Wang will get an insider's perspective on the life of a professional musician, joining the Handel Week ensemble for rehearsals and the performance of a single masterwork by George Fridric Handel during the Handel Week Festival at Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park in March.
He will also receive a $500 stipend toward future vocal study. Wang sings baritone and performs with the Madrigal Singers at RBHS. He performed four year with the Illinois Music Educators Association District Choir and was chosen for IMEA All-State Honors Choir in 2011. He has played piano for 10 years.
Brookfield resident Matt Estacio, a senior at Lyons Township High School, was a cast member in the high school's production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, which was staged Feb. 16 to 18 at the north campusf Reber Center for the Performing Arts in LaGrange. Estacio played the role of Hong Kong immigrant Bun Foo in the musical set in Jazz Age New York.
Two Riverside residents were named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Washington University in St. Louis, attaining grade-point averages of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale.
Claire E. Chaney and Elliot J. Louthen, both graduates of Riverside-Brookfield High School, are enrolled in Washington University's College of Arts and Sciences.
The following students were named to the honor rolls at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park for the first semester of the 2011-12 school year:
Named to the A Honor Roll were Brookfield residents Natalie Crisanti, Rachel Dimaranan, Drew Dunker, Nicholas Kosenesky, Chris Mandziejewicz, Robert Schneider, Jaquie Skokna and Jacqueline Sukacz; North Riverside residents Gianna Milaro, Sarah Wozniak and Emylee Zdarsky; and Riverside residents Andrew Golniewicz and Josephine Krajniak.
Named to the B Honor Roll were Brookfield residents Rebecca Letcher and Ryan Russ and North Riverside resident Samantha Wilcox.
Trinity High School in River Forest has named the following local students to its honor rolls for the first semester of the 2011-12 school year:
Achieving First Honors (3.75 GPA or above) was Brookfield resident Chelsea Doyle and Riverside residents Olivia Jordan, Magdalena OfConnor, Amelija Siliunas, Hannah Spohnholtz, Sarrah Spohnholtz, Jane Alm, Nikole Crane, Grace Lattner, Emma Mosbrook and Carrie Reilly.
Second Honors went to Riverside residents Isabella Bacidore, Samantha Liska and Kelli McElligott.
Fenwick High School in Oak Park has named its honor roll students for the first semester of the 2011-12 school years. Those earning First Honors were Riverside residents Noah Corrigan, Vincent Falk, Keith Jensen, Joseph Kelly, Patrick Moran, Christopher Reggi, Megan Schoen, Ian Splitt, Alexandra Tomasek, Joshua Burda, Emily Durkin, Drew Gresik, Michael Mahoney, Alana Maloney, James Mullen, Andre Ramos, Kelly Showel, Marisa Wakely, Charles Wert, Danielle Zigulich, Dana Balk, Caileigh Doherty, David Durkin, Rachel Heuel, Amanda Lombardo, Kate Milleker, Daniel Murphy, Date Murphy, Martha Murphy, Marni OfBryan, Stephanie Rodriguez, Richard Schoen, Anastasia Tomasek, John Doherty, Sarah Javors, Jack Mahoney, Amelia Reggi and John Showel.
Earning Second Honors were Brookfield residents Katherine Walsh and Mackenzie Sinnott and Riverside residents Kevin Bigoness, Matthew Birmingham, Matthew Doherty, Maureen OfBryan, Matthew Collins, Connor Faul, Christopher Katsis, Daniel Lattner, William Lenart, David Birmingham, Pauline Kaminsky, James Wise, Salvatore Flight, Gregory Lazzara and Mitchell Legan.
Evan Bartlett, a senior history major from Brookfield was named to the fall semester dean's list at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.
Benedictine University in Lisle named several local full-time students to the school's dean's list for the fall semester, including Brookfield residents Jennifer A. Meier, Christopher R. Nava, Jessica L. Rovner and Dieca N. Smith; North Riverside residents Jamie L. Magdic, Stephanie E. Magdic and Kimberly M. Schaefer; and Riverside resident Bilaal M. Hassan.
Benedictine University also recognized part-time student Gina M. Cirincione, of Brookfield, naming her to the dean's recognition list for the fall semester for having a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Ann Conner, of Riverside, earned a spot on the Loyola Marymount University dean's list for the fall semester of 2011 for earning at least a 3.5 GPA. Loyola Marymount is located in Los Angeles.
Brookfield resident Emilie Karl, a senior at Lyons Township High School, is one of 17 student artists advancing to the Scholastic Art Awards national competition in New York after winning a Gold Key Award in printmaking at the regional level competition. She also received an honorable mention award in drawing.
Other Brookfield artists recognized at the regional level were Silver Key winners sophomore Heaven Kudler (design) and freshman Fany Xelhua (design).
In addition, Karl took home an Award of Honor at the recent Elmhurst College High School Art Show in pencil drawing, while Brookfield resident Jovan Petrovich, a sophomore, won an Award of Distinction for in the metal category.
Audrey Sova, of Brookfield, has been named to the dean's list at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa by earning a GPA of 3.5 or higher during the fall 2011 semester.
Amy Delbecq, of Brookfield, has been named to the Beloit College dean's list for the fall semester. Students must carry at GPA of 3.4 to earn dean's list status.
Named to the dean's list (3.5 GPA or higher) at Augustana College in Rock Island for the 2011 fall term were Brookfield residents Brittany Hite, Paul Landahl and Natalie Viscariello and Riverside resident Amanda Miller.
Among those named to the dean's list (3.0 GPA or higher) at DePaul University in Chicago for the fall quarter in 2011 were Brookfield residents Casey Aumann, Nicholas Bedenk, Jessica Carlson, Corey Kuchynka, Collette Lucas, Pedro Mata, Tiffany Reynolds, Andrew Ritter, Emily Russett, Pamela Solares, Haley St. Paul and Philip Stepnowski; Riverside residents Ricardo Arroyo, Ariana Barreto, Kelsey Buttimer, Thomas Korabik, Spencer Moravek, Scott Uejima, Michael Vazquez and Adam Weiss; and North Riverside residents Karol Buczakowski, Rocio Gonzalez and Anne Nieminski.
Shelton Sharkey, of Brookfield, has been accepted to Ashland (Ohio) University for the fall semester of 2012. A senior at Riverside-Brookfield High School, Sharkey will receive an Ambassador Award of $7,500 annually to attend Ashland.