On Nov. 6, Lyons Township High School honored four alumni by inducting them into the school’s Hall of Fame.
Brenda Brkusic (Class of 1999) is an Emmy Award-winning television producer who serves as the executive producer of program development and national productions for PBS SoCaL and spearheaded and managed its digital TV channel.
As a filmmaker, she was recognized on the Congressional record of the U.S. House of representatives for her work promoting human rights through film. She also has been invited to the International Leaders’ Summit at the European Union in Brussels to present her work to members of the European Parliament.
James Davis (Class of 1966) founded Chappell Studio, also known as Marathon Photo, an event photography firm specializing in graduations and foot races. He has taken photographs at graduations at more than half of the largest universities in North America, a total of more than 2,000 institutions.
His company also photographs five of the six World Marathon Majors as well as the most prestigious events in Europe, Central America and North America.
Edgar “Ted” Gifford DDS (Class of 1936) is a humanitarian, a local leader and has been recognized nationally for his service.
Dr. Gifford practiced dentistry in LaGrange for 50 years. When he retired in 1999, Dr. Gifford donated his entire practice and all of its equipment to the Rotarians of Lithuania and founded the Ted Gifford Dental Clinic.
He organized and was first president of the Rotary Club of LaGrange in 1958 and helped organize 30 Rotary clubs in the Chicago area. He also served as Rotary International’s director.
James H. Littlejohn (Class of 1972) founded Littejohn Engineering Associates Inc., which specializes in engineering, planning and economic development with more than 6,000 projects across 42 states.
He was named 2012 Engineer of the Year for outstanding leadership and integrity by the Nashville Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. He also received the 2014 Most Admired CEO Award from the Nashville Business Journal and Vanderbilt University Engineering School’s Most Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2014.
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Riverside Police Sgt. Jeffrey Miller was honored with the Cook County Award of Merit on Nov. 3 during a ceremony at Moraine Valley Community College. The award was given for “his exceptional attitude, attendance, work ethic and professionalism toward serving the residents of Riverside.”
Lyons Township High School Spanish teacher JoEllen Gregie has been recognized by the College Board for her contributions as an Advanced Placement Reader at this year’s Spanish Language and Culture AP Reading.
All exams contain multiple-choice and free-response questions, either essay or problem solving, that provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of college-level coursework.
Gregie has taught at LTHS for 17 years.
Laurie Jolicoeur, a Latin teacher at Lyons Township High School, was recently recognized by her high school alma mater, Normal Community High School, and its Alumni Foundation for Exemplary Service to Education at a special recognition dinner.
The award is presented to graduates who have pursued a career in teaching, have demonstrated a commitment to students and to the improvement of the education experience and who have made significant contributions in their field.
Jolicoeur began at LTHS in 1985 with 50 students. She now teaches 150 students and regularly takes students to Greece and Italy and involves them in civic projects, such as the restoration and interpretation of the classical decorations at the LaGrange Theater.
She has won numerous awards for her teaching and has served as president of the Illinois Classical Conference.
Lynne Bray, of Brookfield, received her white coat at Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine White Coat Ceremony for the class of 2019 on Oct. 3.
Bray is a first-year veterinary medicine student at LMU, which is located in Harrogate, Tennessee.
Monica Kochan, of North Riverside, was named to Biola University (La Mirada, Cailfornia) dean’s list for the spring semester for attaining a grade-point average of at least 3.6 on a 4-point scale.
A pair of Brookfield residents who attend Lyons Township High School were among those nominated for John Drury High School Radio Awards, named in honor of the award-winning former ABC-Chicago news anchor.
In all, the high school’s radio station, WLTL (88.1 FM) was nominated for 19 awards. Brookfield residents Katey Hillyard (a 2015 graduate) and sophomore Taylor Koc were nominated for their roles in the production “A Little Too Far Over the Edge,” which was nominated in the Best Radio Drama-Adaptation category.
Winners were announced Nov. 7.
On Oct. 14, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez visited Riverside-Brookfield High School for a one-on-one television interview on RBTV. Freshman Jazmine Maldonado interview’s Alvarez for the television station’s “People in Perspective” series.
During the interview, Alvarez discussed her career and her decision to run again for state’s attorney as well as topics including gangs and human trafficking.
The show will air on RBTV in early 2016.