While at Riverside-Brookfield High School, Nadia Danford and Joe Kenahan had plenty of success in the classroom. Danford, now at Yale University, achieved a perfect score on the ACT exam and was a straight-A student. Kenahan also excelled in the classroom and was a National Merit commended student. He’s a junior at Stanford University.

This summer both students were selected to launch the Riverside branch of Ivy Insiders, a STA/ACT test prep company started by Harvard undergraduates in 2003. The company claims to have helped over 4,000 students since that time increase their test scores.

Ivy Insiders runs courses throughout the summer at Loyola University Medical Center. Anyone interested in finding out more about the courses and how much they cost can visit the company’s Web site at www.ivyinsiders.com or contact Danford at nadia_danford@ivyinsiders.com.

You’re in the Army now

Corrine Miskell, a 2007 graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School, graduated from U.S. Army basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., on May 15. She started her basic training in February as a part of the 1st Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment.

Miskell is currently in San Antonio, Texas, where she is receiving medical training. In October, she will deploy to South Korea as part of the 1st Battalion Medical Unit.


Julie Tucek, a Riverside resident, has been elected to serve as president for the Association of Accounting Marketing (AAM). Tucek, a 1988 graduate of Trinity High School and a 1992 graduate of St. Mary’s College, is marketing director for Legacy Professionals LLC, a Chicago-based CPA firm.

Tucek was previously on the board of directors of the AAM and has been the organization’s president-elect for the past two years.

Lions International District 1A Governor Robert Zavorka installed Jon Jansky as the 2009-10 president of the Riverside Township Lions Club, his third term as president, at the club’s annual installation dinner.

Other officers are Jack Wiaduck, first vice president; Olga Sylvester, second vice president; Joe Dvorak, third vice president; Chuck Courtney, secretary; and Anthony Belcaster, treasurer.

The Riverside Township Lions Club was founded in 1948 and meets monthly.

Stringing along

Brookfield residents Danny Kazmierski, Joey Quarino and Tadas Kunickas all won awards for their guitar prowess at the Illinois Music Association competition in Chicago in May and the Grandquist competition during the village of Geneva’s Swedish Days in June.

All three are members of Guitar Arts, which is headquartered at Cornerstone Community Church in Brookfield and includes over 25 musicians from several western suburbs. Teachers for Guitar Arts are Archie and Joan Pellillo.

Kazmierski placed second in solo, first in duet and first in band at the IMA competition and second in solo and first in band in Geneva. Quarino placed second in duet and first in band at the IMA and first in band at Geneva. Meanwhile, Kunickas placed first in both solo and band at the IMA.


Brookfield pianist Craig Sale will present a solo recital on Saturday, July 18 at 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 200 N. Catherine Ave. in LaGrange. The recital will include works by Haydn, Liszt, Ravel and Grieg. There is a suggested $10 donation, which will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Sale has served as director of the preparatory and community piano program at Concordia University in River Forest since its inception in 1986. He also teaches piano pedagogy at Concordia and has written three books on piano playing.