LTHS hires new business manager

The Lyons Township High School District 204 Board of Education on May 6 announced the hiring of Brian Stachacz as the district’s new director of business services, effective May 30.

Stachacz has worked in North Palos School District 117 for his entire career, beginning in 1995 as a social science teacher at Conrady Junior High. Three years later, he moved into the role of dean of students at Conrady.

In 2001, Stachacz was named assistant business manager for District 117 before being named district treasurer and assistant superintendent for business in 2002. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in educational administration and school finance from Governors State University.

Stachacz and District 204 agreed on a one-year contract that will pay him a base salary of $149,000. He replaces David Sellers, who will retire at the end of May after serving District 204 for more than two decades.

Artful endeavor

Jean Sredl, a fiber artist from Riverside, will have her work exhibited in four national shows, beginning this spring.

Her work is on display at the Fantastic Fibers 2014 show sponsored by the American Quilt Society until May 24 at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky. Sredl’s work is also on display until June 22 as part of the Art Quilts Whimsy! exhibit at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center in Cary, North Carolina.

Sredl’s work is also being featured through July 27 in the Artist As a Quilt Maker XVI exhibit at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts in Oberlin, Ohio and will be on display as part of a traveling exhibit titled Redirecting the Ordinary: International Quilt Festival in Houston from Oct. 30-Nov. 2; in Cincinnati in April 2015 and in Chicago in June 2015.

And the winners are …

Lrena Galvin, of Chicago, was the winner of Classic Cinemas’ annual Predict the Oscars contest.

Classic Cinemas received 255 correct ballots this year, and each of the 13 theaters selected one winner from the correct ballots at their location. Galvin was named the winner for the theater at the North Riverside Park Mall.

Winners received a yearlong movie pass for one at any Classic Cinemas theater and two passes to the Brookfield Zoo. Those who had correct ballots but not selected as winners received a pair of movie passes and a pair of tickets to the zoo.

Fifteen North Riverside Public Library patrons won prizes at the library’s annual National Library Week raffle.

Kathryn Shrutek won a Kobo eReader, Stephanie Lanken won a tote bag and Jenna Chambers and Michele Ivanic each won a Barnes and Noble gift card, donated by the Friends of the Library.

 Also, Kelly DeMauro and Lysandro Muti each won Famous Dave’s barbecue sauce, donated by Famous Dave’s. Lucy Trentadue won a Visa gift card, donated by Golden Security Insurance Agency, and Magan McCarthy won a custom electronics case, donated by Planet Green.

 Seven others won prizes donated by Classic Cinemas. Steven Cotham, won “The Nut Job” insulated bag;  Julissa DeLatorre, “Divergent” T-shirt, buttons and mug; Gwen Dudzik, “Captain Phillips” T-shirt; Jake Dudzik, “Muppets” insulated bag; Garret Foy, “Captain Phillips” T-shirt; Joanna Gutierrez, “Glee the Movie” hat; and Brian Przybylski, two tickets to North Riverside Theater,

 Patrons were given a raffle ticket for each book they checked out during National Library Week, which was celebrated from April 13 through 19.

Peeps show

The Riverside Arts Center last month announced the winners of its 2nd Annual Peeps Diorama Contest, which asked contestants to construct scenes with the sugary marshmallow confections using newspaper headlines for the subject matter.

Placing first was Jane McNamara for “Stolen Stradivarius.” Second place went to Owen Marrs, Cooper Marrs and Hayden Marrs for their “Team Peep at the 2014 Winter Olympics.”

Third place went to Annie Scodro for “Gryffindor Wins the Cup,” while fourth place went to Lainy McNamara for “Peeps at the Pool.”

On campus

The University of Dayton announced last week that two local students received degrees at the school’s commencement ceremonies on May 4. Patrick Lendabarker, of Brookfield, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance, and William Meyer, of North Riverside, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in entrepreneurship.

Riverside resident Kayla Fernandez, a junior geography and art major at Augustana College in Rock Island, was one of the winners of the college’s Augie Abroad photo contest.

Students studying abroad from May 2013 to March 2014 were invited to submit photos in various categories — architecture, Augie students abroad, culture and celebration, daily life and nature. Winners were chosen in each category.

Fernandez, who spent the fall 2013 term in East Asia won in the nature category with a photo of a tiger at the Kyoto Zoo.

Caitlin Clark, a Riverside resident and senior at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, participated in both the 2014 Butler Undergraduate Research Conference on April 11 at Butler University and the 2014 Annual Research Conference on April 14-16 at Earlham College.

Clark presented “Using GIS to Identify and Protect Environmental Racism” in Indiana at both conferences.

Michael Bulfin, of Riverside, was one of nearly 300 Lewis University (Romeoville) students whose scholarly and artistic work was showcased at the Celebration of Scholarship event in April.

Bulfin presented “Educating the Educators: Preparing Future Teachers to Confront Systemic Dysfunction in American Educational Institutions” during the event.

Brookfield resident Amy Delbecq received the Richard C. Stenstrom Prize in Environmental Geology at Beloit College’s Honors Day Convocation on May 7. Delbecq is a senior.

In April, she presented her research paper “Powerhouse Project Internship Panel: Power in Beloit” at the 38th Annual Beloit College Student Symposium.

The event is an academic forum where students publicly present their research to the college community.

Kathleen Maxwell, of Riverside, was among the more than 1,000 St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota) students who were recognized for academic achievement at the college’s annual Honors Day convocation on May 2. Maxwell is a German and environmental studies major. She is the daughter of Thomas and Deborah Maxwell.

Two Brookfield residents were among top finishers for Lyons Township High School at the 21st Annual Chicagoland High School Video Festival. 

Daniel Dinh and Will Wiora, both juniors and members of the LTTV television students, placed second in the animation and demonstration categories, respectively.

Others winning medals at the festival were Brookfield residents Victoria Via, a freshman, who won a silver medal in animation, and sophomore Spencer Sisson, who earned bronze medals in both music video and sports.

Trinity High School in River Forest named the following local students to its third quarter honor rolls:

First Honors: Brookfield resident Chelsea Doyle and Riverside residents Emma Alm, Jane Alm, Clare Colvin, Nikole Crane, Molly Gates, Erin Lattner, Grace Lattner, Olivia Mahler, Emma Mosbrook, Carrie Reilly and Liucija Siliunas.

Second Honors: Riverside resident Paulina Marquez.

Brookfield resident Jacob Dzierwa, a senior at Lyons Township High School, was part of the school’s Model United Nations group, which placed first at the 11th Annual Northwestern Model United Nations competition.

The competition lasted four days and included 500 delegates representing 30 teams. LT’s team members, including Dzierwa, took home 13 individual medals.

Brookfield resident Matt Nutley, a junior at Lyons Township High School, was part of the school’s Science Olympiad team that placed third in the state and won the spirit award this season.

Nutley placed first in the “It’s About Time” competition, which is a physics and building competition. 

Brookfield police lieutenant completes FBI academy

Brookfield Police Lt. James Episcopo recently graduated from the 256th FBI National Academy at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia.

Episcopo, who began his career as a police officer in Brookfield in 1987, completed the 10-week course, which included five academic courses in addition to rigorous physical training.

The advanced investigative, management and fitness training included law enforcement professionals from 47 states and 23 foreign countries. Students at the academy lived at the base during the entire 10-week program and followed a regimented schedule that also included opportunities for professional networking, team-building and field trips.

During the final week of the academy, Episcopo earned the coveted yellow brick, issued for excellence in physical training by meeting the “Yellow Brick Road Challenge,” a series of progressively more difficult runs that culminates in a6.1-mile race, including a 2.8-mile trail run through a Marine Corps stamina course.

Episcopo oversees the   Police Department’s patrol operations.