St. Louise teacher proclaimed 'Heart of the School'

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Pamela Vlcek, art and Spanish teacher at St. Louise de Marillac School in LaGrange Park, received a Heart of Enrichment Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago, one of 18 teachers out of 500 nominees recognized as part of the archdiocese's Heart of the School Awards.

The Heart of Enrichment Award recognizes employees who excel at providing instruction and activities in one or more enrichment areas. Vlcek celebrated at an archdiocesan luncheon earlier in May with fellow awardees. Her husband, along with St. Louise's pastor and principal also attended. 

Vlcek has taught at St. Louise School for three years and is an active member of the parish, serving as coordinator for church decorations. She also plays a critical role in stage design for the St. Louise Players' annual performances. Vlcek and her four children are alumni of St. Louise School.

 

Top teachers honored

Lyons Township High School art teacher and unofficial district historian Patrick Page received the Teacher of the Year award from Western Springs VFW Post 10778 for his service to the arts, his efforts to chronicle the history of District 204 and helping realize a Wall of Honor to remember veterans.

Page began at LTHS in 2000. He has a master's degree in studio art from Ball State University and a master's in art history from the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

John Fields, a history teacher at Riverside-Brookfield High School, has received an Influential High School Teacher Award from Illinois State University. Fields was recommended by former student Lilly Holubeck.

 

On campus

νRiverside resident Julia Alm was awarded a B.A. in economics during the annual commencement ceremonies at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, on May 19.

ν Erika Sterner, of Riverside, was among the more than 3,400 graduates receiving degrees from the University of Nebraska during their May commencement ceremonies. Sterner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education and human sciences.

νJulia Boge, of Riverside, recently graduated from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree. In addition, Boge was named to college's dean's list for the spring 2019 semester for earning a GPA of at least 3.6 during the semester.

νThe following students from Brookfield were among the 3,000 graduates awarded diplomas during Northern Illinois University's commencement weekend on May 11 and 12 in DeKalb: Brookfield residents Ronald Circelli (B.A. sociology), Shakira Cox-Norman, (B.S. accountancy), Courtney Flannery, (B.A. communication), Jeremy Nielson, (B.S. computer science), Vincenzo Pozzie, (B.S. psychology), Kyle Schereck, (B.S. energy and environmental technology), Joseph Schmugge, (B.A. history), Abby Spankroy, (B.S. elementary education) and North Riverside resident Kiera Donnamario (B.A. history).

νWheaton College student Caleb Clark, of Riverside, recently received the Award for Excellence in Computer Science during the college's honors convocation. The award is given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated superior ability in computer science, shows promise for advanced work in the science of computing and provided distinguished undergraduate service to the computer science program.

νLiliana Cortes, of Brookfield, was awarded the Felix Wirz Award for Excellence in Language Study at the annual University of Jamestown (North Dakota) honors convocation in April. The award is given to an outstanding student majoring in French, German or Spanish, who has studied abroad, served as an officer in Alpha Gamma Mu or the International Student Organization and has been an asset to the department.

Brookfield resident Collin Taylor, a junior at Dominican University in River Forest, was named to the dean's list for both semesters of the 2018-19 school year, for attaining a grade-point average of at least 3.8 on a 4-point scale. 

Julia Keller and Elizabeth Carlson, both of Riverside, were named to the 2019 spring semester dean's list at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, for achieving a semester GPA of at least 3.5.

Emily Pitts, a professional writing and information design major from Riverside, was named to the dean's honor list at Cedarville (Ohio) University for maintaining a semester GPA of at least 3.75.

Riverside residents Gregory Bernasek and Matthew Pilewski were named to the 2019 spring semester dean's list at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, for maintaining a GPA of at least 3.5.

Jeremy Kolasa, of Brookfield, was named to the 2019 spring semester dean's list at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais for attaining a semester GPA of at least 3.5.

Michele George-Griffin, of Brookfield, was named to the 2019 spring semester dean's list at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, for achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 during the semester.

Elijah Ourth, of Riverside, a junior at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, has been named to the 2018-19 winter term dean's list for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5.

Brookfield resident Anthony Landahl, North Riverside resident Isabelle Echevarria and Riverside residents Jocelyn Navarro, David Suriano and Haley Hutchings were named to the 2019 spring semester dean's list at Bradley University in Peoria for achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 for the semester.

Riverside residents Madelyn Hopek, Allyson Jones, Fiona McMahon and Margaret Shereck were named to the 2019 spring semester dean's list at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, for attaining at GPA of at least 3.6. 

Cheryl Longo, of Brookfield, was named to the spring 2019 dean's list at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, for earning a GPA of at least 3.4 for that semester.

Brookfield resident Camryn Hamilton has been named to the 2019 spring semester dean's list at Ripon (Wisconsin) College for attaining a GPA of at least 3.4. He is studying sociology, psychology and criminal justice.

Marcus Canada, of Brookfield, has been named to the president's honor roll for the 2019 spring semester at Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) University for maintaining a GPA of at least 3.9 for the semester. 

Brookfield residents Samantha Hauser (medical lab sciences), Vincenzo Pozzie (psychology), Kyle Schereck (energy and environmental tech) and Joseph Stelmack (accountancy) and North Riverside resident Kiera Donnamario (history) were named to the 2019 spring semester dean's list at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb for attaining a GPA of at least 3.5 for the semester in the College of Engineering and at least 3.75 in the colleges of business, education, health and human services, liberal arts and sciences and visual and performing arts.

Brookfield resident Ethan Velasquez, a senior at Lyons Township High School, was part of the school's six-player eSports Overwatch team that placed second in the Illinois High School eSports Association state finals, where students played videogames competitively in teams and individually, at Northern Illinois University's campus in Naperville.

Brookfield resident Albert Ferastrau, a senior at Lyons Township High School, was among the school's television program students winning a first-place Crystal Pillar Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Chicago/Midwest Chapter competition in the category of Live Sports.

Ferastrau also won two awards at the Midwest Media Educators High School Video Festival. He was part of the team placing second in Live Events Performing Acts category and fifth in the Documentary category.

Several Riverside-Brookfield High School students won awards at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) state tournament. Winning gold medals were Karen Hammond, Sylvia Harvin, Rixzie Jimenez and Liz Murphy; winning silver were Stefani Gonzalez, Autumn Halfpenny, Roisin Maloney, Alyssa Monti and Abby Swiatek; and winning bronze were Anh Luong and Erika Zamarripa.

Among the members of the Riverside-Brookfield High School math team qualifying to compete in the May 4 Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) state finals at the University of Illinois were the calculator team of Felix Jacquet, Cain Gonzalez, Jacqueline DiMonti, Joe Kawiecki and Andres Resto; the junior/senior 8-person team of Grace DiBartolomeo, Will O'Brien, Ryan Power, David Waas, David Keen, Michael Kusz, Luka Malovic and Elise Wojack; and the orals team of DiMonti and Josh Turner.

Five members of the Riverside-Brookfield High School Scholastic Bowl team were named all-conference selections, including Lindsey DeJesus, Ben Harrison, A.J. Morrissey, Nicolas Sacharski and Ben Schmitt.

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