Cook County Clerk David Orr honored the top election judges in suburban Cook County on Jan. 14 at the ninth annual Judge Recognition Ceremony.

Among the approximately 65 election judges honored for their continued excellence and dedication serving voters were Riverside Township judges JoAnne Kosey and Patricia Pavlich; Lyons Township judges Sandra Anderson and Anthony Arciero and Proviso Township judges Laurie Hamby and Jermaine Nigel Price.

“We know that each polling place is in excellent hands when you’re on duty,” Orr told honorees at the event, which was held at the Cook County Administration Building in downtown Chicago.

Suburban Cook County’s nearly 10,000 election judges are responsible for preparing their designated polling places, setting up election equipment, assisting voters and securing votes at the end of the night. They attend regular training sessions each election cycle to learn new policies, procedures and techniques.

Welcome aboard

Home Helpers Home Care of Hinsdale has announced that Brookfield resident Jackie Raschke, certified dementia practitioner, to its staff of aging-care professionals.

Raschke will serve as the director of education and memory care services for the company. She holds a degree in sociology and gerontology from Northern Illinois University and has 20 years of experience working with older adults, their families and those who care for them.

On stage

Kelly Winters, of Brookfield, is playing the role of Meg in the Theatre of Western Springs’ production of Leading Ladies, which runs through Jan. 31 at the theater, 4384 Hampton Ave. in Western Springs.

Leading Ladies, a comedy, follows the travails of a pair of Shakespearean actors down on their luck and playing the Moose lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. For ticket information call 708-246-3380 or visit online at

On campus

Michelle Wrona, of Riverside, has earned a Master of Arts degree in zoology from Miami University (Ohio) through Project Dragonfly’s Global Field Project. Since being accepted into the program in 2012, Wrona has explored conservation and education in Belize, Borneo and Kenya. She works as a teacher at Lyons Township High School.

North Riverside resident Gabrielle Ulloa was named to the High Honor Roll in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the fall semester of the 2015-16 school year.

The University of Dayton has announced that the following local students have been named to the dean’s list for the 2015-16 fall semester: Brookfield resident Mayra Baeza and Riverside residents Emily Michl and Stephanie Rodriguez.

Students on the dean’s list must achieve a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4-point scale.

Olivia Lauritsen, of Riverside, was named to the dean’s list for the 2015-16 fall semester at Hope College (Holland, Michigan) for achieving GPA of at least 3.5.

Bradley University in Peoria has announced that Brookfield residents Scott A. Duda and Lorelei N. Volpe have been named to the dean’s list for the 2015-16 fall semester for achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 for the semester.

Jacqueline Skokna, of Brookfield, has been named to the fall 2015 dean’s list at Belmont University (Nashville, Tennessee) for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5.

Among those named to the 2015 fall semester dean’s list at Augustana College in Rock Island for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5 were Brookfield residents Colleen Brown and Jordan Peklo; North Riverside residents Monica Fiala and Kristen Santoro; and Riverside residents Anne Mitchell and Pablo Garcia.

Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park has named honor roll students for the first semester of the 2015-16 school year.

Named to the A Honor Roll (3.8+ GPA) were Brookfield residents Gloria Corona, Gina Crisanti, Braden Schneider, Brittany Schneider, David Sullivan and Yanzheng Wu; North Riverside residents Guillermo Arroyo and Danny Zontos; and Riverside residents Gregory Bernasek, Carlie Merola and Hana Sedivy.

Named to the B Honor Roll (3.33 to 3.79 GPA) were Brookfield residents Jocelyn Contini, Gunnar Hendrix, Jeremy Kolasa and Archer Wagner; North Riverside residents Samantha Escalante and Connor O’Neill; and Riverside residents Ben Bernasek, David Hertogs and Allyson Jones.

Nazareth Academy announced earlier in January that 41 students from the Class of 2016 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars, meaning they rank in the top 10 percent of high school seniors across the state, according to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, based on standardized test scores and class rank.

Among those named as an Illinois State Scholar were North Riverside resident Guillermo Arroyo and Riverside resident Gregory Bernasek.

In addition, Trinity High School in River Forest announced that 30 students there had been named Illinois State Scholars, among them Riverside residents Carolyn Judy and Olivia Maher.

Brookfield residents Mark DeWeese and David Wilczynski were among the theater students at Lyons Township High School participating in the Donna N. Mavros Student Theater festival held Jan. 22 and 23 at the South Campus Performing Arts Center.

DeWeese, a freshman, played the part of Rico in the short play Candid, directed by senior Kayla Devereaux of LaGrange Park. Wilczynski, a senior, played the role of Toph in The Transition of Doodle Pequeno, directed by senior Owen Swanson of LaGrange Park.

Mavros taught theater at the school from 1969 to 2001.

Brookfield residents Ramon Cabrera Mendez and Sariah Hall, both students at Lyons Township High School, were named to the Technology Center of DuPage A-Team by earning an A and for outstanding achievement in their respective programs in the first semester.

Mendez is in the HVAC and refrigeration program; Hall is in cosmetology. The Technology Center of DuPage in Addison offers elective career education programs to juniors and seniors.