Isabella Perez

James Baum, music teacher at Riverside-Brookfield High School, has been named a quarterfinalist for the Grammy Foundation’s 2019 Music Educator Award.

  Baum, who is also a graduate of RBHS, was one of 188 music teachers from 171 cities announced as quarterfinalists for the award. Now Baum must submit additional materials (video, written essays, testimonials) and a screening committee will choose a group of semifinalists.

After that, a blue-ribbon committee will select up to 10 finalists, one of whom will be approved by the Grammy Foundation’s board of trustees and the Recording Academy as the winner of the Music Educator Award.

The winner will attend the Grammy Awards in 2019, receiving the award during Grammy Week, along with a $10,000 honorarium. Finalists receive $1,000 and semifinalists receive $500.

Fine first responders

In May, the LaGrange Park-Brookfield Lions Club recognized first responders from Brookfield for their actions in the line of duty during 2017.

Brookfield police detectives Brian Jelinek and Christopher Bandola were honored for their work on a December 2017 missing-persons case involving a 24-year-old woman who was being held against her will in Chicago.

The incident ended up involving three other women and ended with two people being charged by Chicago police with multiple felonies, including sex trafficking, unlawful restraint and other offenses.

At the same ceremony, the Lions also honored retired Brookfield Fire Chief Patrick Lenzi and gave him a plaque in recognition of his more than 30 years of service.

Club members also recognized Brookfield firefighters who were nominated by Lenzi for Firefighter of the Year, including Lt. Matt Dubik, Charles Romeo, Patrick McBrien, Nicholas Witteman, Bradley Pacyga and David Andel.

So long, and thanks

Brookfield-based Community Support Services, a nonprofit agency that provides and promotes services for those with intellectual disabilities and their families, has announced the retirement of two members of its board of directors, Dr. Kiyoshi Yamaki and Sharon Flaim, effective June 30.

Kiyoshi, a research professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Flaim, the owner of Catherine’s Closet, a nonprofit depository of special event fundraising items, have been members of the board since 2011. 

Welcome aboard

Isabella Perez, a resident of Brookfield, has been named community liaison to public schools for the Brookfield Democratic Organization.

A graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School, Perez will be attending Augustana College in the fall, studying political science and psychology. At RBHS, she was a member of the Madrigal Choir and Ensemble Choir.

On campus

Gabriella Bova and Kristen Tomecek, both of Riverside, were among the more than 3,700 students awarded degrees from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Bova earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science, while Tomecek earned a bachelor’s degree in English, summa cum laude.

Among those awarded undergraduate degrees from the University of Dayton in May were Riverside residents Bridget Carey, Emily Michl and Stephanie Rodriguez and Brookfield residents Mackenzie Sinnott and Collin Sventy.

Bradley University in Peoria has announced that Brookfield resident Scott A. Duda received a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, and Brookfield resident Graham R. Martoonian received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering during the school’s commencement ceremonies in May.

Haven Clark, of Riverside, graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, during the school’s May commencement ceremonies.

Katherine Alaks, of Brookfield, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing with a minor in Japanese from Knox College in Galesburg in May. In addition, Alaks was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honor society. She is a graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School.

Katherine Andrulis, of Brookfield, received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio in May.

Among those awarded degrees during Cornell College’s commencement ceremony in May in Mount Vernon, Iowa, was Mark Vander Naald, of Riverside.

North Riverside residents Trinidad Huerta and Lia Sanchez were among those awarded degrees during graduation ceremonies at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb in May. Huerta earned a B.S. in computer science, while Sanchez earned a B.A. in Spanish translation and business.

Monica Kasper, of Brookfield, graduated cum laude from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in May with a bachelor’s degree in physics.

Michael S. Rouleau, of Riverside, was named to the honor list at the Missouri University of Science and Technology for the 2018 spring semester. To be included on the honor list, a student must have a grade-point average of at least 3.2 on a 4-point scale.

Brookfield residents Gina Crisanti and Hunter Soumar and Riverside residents Molly Gates, Emily Michl, Hannah Michl and Stephanie Rodriguez were named to the 2018 spring semester dean’s list at the University Of Dayton for achieving a GPA of at least 3.5.

Riverside resident Margaret Shereck was named to the 2018 spring semester dean’s list at St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana for attaining at GPA of at least 3.6.

Libby Creek, of Brookfield, was named to the 2018 spring semester dean’s list at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, for earning a GPA of at least 3.5 during the semester.

Riverside resident Brian Kulaga was named to the 2018 spring semester dean’s list at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Brookfield resident Abigail Hosack and Riverside residents Benjamin Bernasek and Monica Mascitti were named to the 2018 spring semester dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for attaining a semester GPA of at least 3.4.

Adam Martinson, of Riverside, has been named to the Alma (Michigan) College 2018 winter term dean’s list for achieving a semester GPA of at least 3.5. Martinson, a graduate of Riverside-Brookfield High School, is studying psychology.

Collin Taylor, of Brookfield, was named to the dean’s list for both the fall and spring semesters at Dominican University in River Forest for the 2017-18 school year. Students must attain a GPA of at least 3.8 to be named to the dean’s list.

North Riverside resident Erika Gutierrez, a physical education major, was named to the 2018 spring semester dean’s list at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb for maintaining a minimum semester GPA of 3.5.

Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park announced its fourth-quarter honor rolls, which includes several local students, including the following:

The A Honor Roll includes Brookfield residents Braden Schneider, Grace Acosta, Gwenyth Acosta, Jeremy Kolasa and Leilani Dodson and Riverside residents Carlie Merola, Elizabeth Pilarz and Matthew Ivansek.

The B Honor Roll includes Brookfield residents Gunnar Hendrix and John Mangan and Riverside residents Isabella Brick and Justin Rokicki.