Riversider a 'Senior of the Year'

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By Community Editor

Riverside resident Adrian Mary Charnick was selected by U.S. Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) as a 2017 Senior Citizens of the Year during a special program in Hickory Hills in December.

Charnick and a dozen others were chosen based on the contributions to their communities in the Third Congressional District.

"These individuals demonstrate on a daily basis the outstanding spirit and commitment that exists in all of our communities," Lipinski said in a press release.


Police recognized

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel has been appointed to the board of directors of the West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association. He will represent the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association with legislative concerns that affect law enforcement throughout Illinois.

Riverside Police Officer Isaac Hamilton was honored in late 2017 by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) with a certificate of appreciation for his outstanding DUI enforcement in removing impaired drivers from Illinois roadways.

On campus

Riverside resident Matthew Pilewski was named to the 2017 fall semester dean's list at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. A minimum grade-point average of 3.5 is required for eligibility for the dean's list.

Brookfield residents Scott Duda and Anthony Landahl were named to the 2017 fall semester dean's list at Bradley University in Peoria for achieving a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4-point scale.

Among those named to the 2017 fall semester dean's list at Belmont University in Nashville were Brookfield residents Michele George-Griffin and Jacqueline Skokna. They attained a GPA of at least 3.5 for the semester.

Brookfield resident Miles Hession was a member of the Lyons Township High School varsity speech team that won fourth place at the Willowbrook Winter Invite in December. Hession, a senior, placed sixth overall in the Extemporaneous division.

Brookfield residents Sarah Cada, Alicia Camuy, Emma Dziura, Natalie Giron, Josue Gonzalez, Phoebe Hartoonian, Miles Hession, Adam Kneebone, Kevin Lizik, Justin Monarrez, Sean O'Connor, Lydia Olson, Christina Rossetti and Melissa Solares were among those selected late last year as Illinois State Scholars at Lyons Township High School. 

Those selected ranked in the top 10 percent of the state's graduating seniors based on a formula using a combination of the ACT and SAT test scores, unweighted GPA and class size at the end of junior year.

Numerous local students were named to the first-quarter honor rolls at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park, including:

A Honor Roll: Brookfield residents Grace Acosta, Gwenyth Acosta, Leilani Dodson, Jeremy Kolasa and David Sullivan and Riverside residents Isabella Brick, Matthew Ivansek, Carlie Merola and Elizabeth Pilarz.

B Honor Roll: Brookfield residents Gunnar Hendrix, Joseph Noga, Braden Schneider and Archer Wagner and Riverside residents Michael Almeida, Dominic Mendoza and Justin Rokicki.

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