A group of students and staff from Lyons Township High School raised $23,295 to benefit the Special Olympics of Illinois by participating in the 2018 Polar Plunge on behalf of the organization, which supports athletes with intellectual disabilities.
It was the sixth consecutive year the school's students and staff have taken the icy plunge into Lake Michigan, and they won a host of awards, including the Golden Plunger Team, which recognizes the team raising the most money overall.
LTHS also won the Cool School Challenge for raising the most money of any school group, the Best Costume Team Award and the Golden Plunger Individual Award, which went to team captain and aviation teacher Dave Root, who raised $6,976. Special education teacher Brian Wolf is the other faculty organizer.
The top student fundraisers were Hailee Svrlinga, Emily Kula and Andrew Cmelo.
Matthew M. Nutley, of Brookfield, received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering at the winter commencement ceremonies at the University of Alabama in December 2017.
In addition, Nutley was among those named to the 2017 fall term dean's list for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5.
Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, announced that Brookfield residents Dominic Bongiorno and Elisabeth McCroary and Riverside resident Charlie Marcou were named to the 2017 fall semester dean's list for maintaining a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale.
Riverside resident Abraham Ourth, a senior political economics major at Hillsdale (Michigan) College, was named to the 2017 fall semester dean's list. Meanwhile, Elijah Ourth, a sophomore, was named to the 2017 fall semester dean's list at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin.
Joshua Clark, of Riverside, and Jeremiah Clarkson, of Brookfield, were named to the 2017 fall semester dean's list at Wheaton College by achieving a semester GPA of at least 3.5.
Grace Tucek, of Riverside, was named to the 2017 fall semester dean's list at Clemson (South Carolina) University. Meanwhile, Riverside resident Coulter W. Greenwell was named to the university's president's list for the semester by attaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Riverside residents Erica Fong and David Kodama were named to the 2017 fall semester dean's list at the University of Minnesota for attaining a GPA of at least 3.66.
Lewis University in Romeoville has announced that Riverside residents Nida R. Aleksa (nursing), Alberto Diaz (accounting) and Danny Zontos (aviation flight management) were named to the dean's list for the 2017 fall semester for achieving a minimum GPA of 3.5.
Andrew Lemesurier, of North Riverside, was named to the Cedarville (Ohio) University 2017 fall semester dean's list for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5. Meanwhile, Riverside resident Emily Pitts was named to the dean's honor list for achieving a GPA of at least 3.75.
Richard Hertogs and Katherine Nash, both of Riverside, were named to the dean's list at Drake University in Des Moines for the 2017 fall semester by earning a GPA of at least 3.5.
Riverside resident Derek Johnson was named to the 2017 fall semester chancellor's list at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Johnson is studying applied mathematics and computer science.
Julia Keller, of Riverside, was named to the 2017 fall semester dean's list at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, by attaining a semester GPA of at least 3.5.
Adam Martinson, of Riverside, a senior at Alma (Michigan) College was named to the school's 2017 fall term dean's list by achieving a GPA of at least 3.5.
Riverside resident Jacob Douglas was named to the 2017 fall semester dean's list in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Riverside residents Madelyn Hopek, Maeve McMahon, Gianna Rumoro and Margaret Schereck were named to the 2017 fall semester dean's list at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, for achieving a GPA of at least 3.6.
Marcus Canada, of Brookfield, was named to the 2017 fall semester honor roll at Oklahoma City University for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5.
Hannah Hettasch, of Brookfield, who is enrolled in the nursing program at Triton College, has been invited to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in recognition of her academic efforts in the program.
Riverside resident Kaitlyn Gaynor was given the President's Volunteer Service Award and fellow Riverside resident Radoslava Pribyl Pierdinock was named a finalist for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
The awards recognize middle and high school students across the country for outstanding volunteer service. Both are students at Riverside-Brookfield High School.
Riverside-Brookfield High School student Lilly Dziagwa's dance choreography work will be represented at the Illinois State High School Dance festival student showcase in May. Dziagwa's choreography of "Look Up" was one of 12 selected from 42 submissions by Illinois high school dance programs.
Lyons Township High School senior Autumn Moulder, of Brookfield, was named a finalist in the 38th Annual Photographer's Forum College and High School Photography Contest. Her photo "Homeless People with Baby" can be viewed along with the other finalists at www.pfmagazine.com.
Moulder is a repeat finalist, having had a finalist photo in 2016.