A team of eighth-grade students representing L.J. Hauser Junior High School in Riverside recently placed ninth in the nation in the WordMasters Challenge, a national language arts competition entered by over 225,000 students annually. The challenge consists of three separate meets held at intervals during the school year. The Hauser eighth-graders won ninth place in the year’s second meet held in February.

One of the school’s students, Nathan Smith, won highest honors for individual achievement by earning a perfect score in the meet, one of just 26 eighth-graders nationwide to do so.

Other Hauser students competing in the meet included sixth-graders Jessica Lancaster, Nathalie Ariza, Christina Daily, Paul Dudek, Mitchell Hermann, Max Marciniak, Nicholas Misiorowski and Max Steinberg; seventh-grader Megan Welch; and eighth-graders Eric Din, Shannon Galvin, Sean Hennessy, Melissa Karlson, Emily Hejna, Alyssa Kmet, Stephanie Sauer, Audrey Wenzel and Alex Wilson.

The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking which encourages students to become familiar with a set of new words and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.

Local students will compete in one more meet in the coming months, and medals and certificates will be awarded in June to those students who achieved and/or improved the most in the course of the year.

Big winners

Thirteen patrons of the North Riverside Public Library were the lucky winners in the library’s annual National Library Week raffle.

Scott Anderson, Erik Hartwig, Jaye Hartwig and Jeanine Watylyk won $25 Borders gift cards, donated by the Friends of the Library; Bill Bloom, Mildred Eberly, Gloria Morrissey, Jewell Sova and Josh Valentine won tickets to the North Riverside Community Theater Group’s presentation of “Grease,” donated by the Theater Group; and Karen Quinn, Jack Powell, Al Medelis and Kathy Shrutek won National Library Week T-shirts.

Patrons were given a raffle ticket for each book they checked out during National Library Week, which was celebrated from April 2-8.

National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

Lions leaders

Riverside resident Bill Scanlon has been re-elected president of the Riverside Township Lions Club and will be sworn in at the club’s annual installation dinner at 6 p.m. on June 13, in the Scottish Home, 28th Street and Desplaines Avenue, North Riverside.

Also re-elected were Jon Jansky, first vice president; Dale Heilenbach, second vice president; Shirley Misare, third vice president; Chuck Courtney, secretary; and Al Rossel, treasurer. Elections were held at the club’s April meeting.

Also to be installed are Joe Petrzilka and Olga Sylvester, tail twisters; Schofield Gross, assistant tail twister; Ray Jirsa, Ron Bolda and John O’Brien, Lion tamers; Paul Fousek and John Lewe, assistant Lion tamers; Bill Jansky and Jerry Kosik, chaplains; and Dennis Sadilek, Bob Johnson and Gross, greeters.

Elected to one-year terms on the Board of Directors are Alan Ashby, Aldo Cardelli, James Dvorak, Bob Gruber, Dolly Gustafson, Norbert Kretz, Pat Michaels, Don Nugent and Fred Orehek. Elected to two-year terms are Pat Calby, Roland Ceragioli, Ralph Choutka, Robert J. Lifka, Paul Martin, Wojciech Putz, Mike Wimmer. Adam Yurkiw and Darek Zajac.

The Riverside Township Lions Club was founded in 1948 and meets monthly. Involved in civic activities in Riverside and North Riverside, the club also provides annual financial support to charities and community organizations.

On campus

 St. Joseph High School in Westchester recently released the names of students making its honor rolls for the third quarter to the 2005-06 school year.

Among those making the A Honor Roll were Brookfield residents Lisa Brzezicki, Julie Buckley, Amanda Gerald, John Kissane, Elizabeth Smith and Brenda Stozek and North Riverside resident Sean McCoy.

Named to the B Honor Roll were Brookfield resident Thaddeus Brija and North Riverside resident Timothy Gustafson.

Brookfield resident Sara Patek, a sophomore at Lyons Township High School, was of 10 students in the school’s Congressional Debate team competing in the Illinois High School Speech Competition held March 16-18 at Illinois State University.

25 and counting

At its regular meeting April 29, the Brookfield Public Library’s Board of Trustees recognized Carol Vaughan Kissane for her 25 years of service on the library board.

Board President Margaret Blasage read the resolution honoring Kissane, who first joined the board in 1981 and has served in a variety of capacities, including as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.