Riverside's McKernin honored with scholarship

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Erin Frances McKernin of Riverside was honored as a recipient of the Jonathan Baldwin Turner (JJBT) Scholarship during a December banquet held at the Illini Union on the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois.

McKernin, the daughter of Mark and Gail McKernin, is majoring in animal sciences with plans to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She graduated from Fenwick High School and was involved in various organizations such as the National Honor Society and the swim team.

The University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) established the JBT Scholarship Program to recognize high school students who have demonstrated academic excellence, good citizenship and leadership skills.

? Moving up: Brookfield resident Kay Poynter Brown was selected to become the new executive director of West 40 Intermediate Service Center No. 2. The announcement was made in February by West 40 Governing Board President Myra Sanders.

Brown will assume the directorship on July 1, upon the retirement of current Executive Director Gretchen Alexander. Brown has 17 years of experience as an educator.

West 40, headquartered in LaGrange Park, is a state agency that provides support, information and improvement services to teachers and school staff, superintendents and other administrators, school board members, students and parents in west Cook County.

? On top: Linda Sokol Francis, senior financial advisor at Waddell & Reed Financial Services in Brookfield, was named one of the company's top 50 financial advisors in the country. Sokol Francis has been a financial service professional for 30 years and joined Waddell & Reed in 1975.

? Called to duty: Terry Hartigan, the son of North Riverside village presidential candidate Sylvester Hartigan was sworn in as a United States Air Force recruit in February. He will complete basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

On Campus: Brookfield residents Angelica Bevelle, Michael Dooley and Crystal Reynolds are among the 162 Lyons Township High School seniors named 2004-05 Illinois State Scholars. The Scholar program recognizes high school students for outstanding academic achievement.

Students ranking in the top 10 percent of the state's 137,000 high school graduating seniors have been named State Scholars. Selection is based on SAT I and/or ACT test score results and/or the students' class rank at the end of the junior year of high school.

? L.J. Hauser Junior High School in Riverside has announced the winners of its annual Music Solo Contest, held this year in late January. Vocal winners were Sarah Dudek and Clara Shaw. Piano winners were Vija Lietuvninkas and Zoe Steinberg. The orchestra winner was Chantal Olsen, while the band winner was Raquel Falk. Orchestra honorable mentions were awarded to Alex Krug and Christian Hitt.

All winners performed at the Performing Arts Show on Feb. 23 at the school. The show also featured solo dances by Lauren Vogel, Kelsey Buttimer and Elizabeth Welch; a hip hop dance by Sadie and Passion Stanton; and a baton routine by Shaw.

? Brookfield resident Ed Jensen is serving as a teacher's at Monmouth High School in Monmouth, Ill. A freshman math/classics major at Monmouth College, he is the son of Joyce Jensen of Brookfield and Robert Jensen of Worth.

Meanwhile, fellow Brookfield resident Andrew Viscariello is serving as a teacher's aide at Lincoln Intermediate School in Monmouth, Ill. A freshman Latin major at Monmouth College, he is the son of James and Pamela Viscariello of Brookfield.

Viscariello was also named to the school's Dean's List for a GPA of at least 3.66, along with Brookfield resident Ryan Evans, a senior history major. He is the son of Robert and Peggy Evans.

? On Feb. 22, five Lyons Township High School students were named winners in the American Legion Robert Coulter Post Essay Contest, including sophomore Jessica Dlask, of Brookfield, who won third place in the freshman/sophomore category.

? Riverside resident Jessica Koenig was one of 12 Trinity High School students receiving awards at the 2005 Triton College Regional Art Competition in February.

Also at Trinity High School, freshman Grace Heraty of Brookfield, senior Bridgette O'Connor of Riverside and North Riverside juniors MariJo Boskey and Marissa Felder were named to the school's First Honors list for attaining at least a 3.75 GPA the second block of the 2004-05 school year. Meanwhile, North Riverside freshman Emily Sitton was named to the Second Honors list for a GPA of between 3.3 and 3.74.

? Brookfield residents Thaddeus Brija and John Kissane were named to the B Honor Roll at St. Joseph High School in Westchester for the first semester of the 2004-05 school year.

? Earlham College (Richmond, Ind.) senior Jean-Pierre Gary was named an Earlham Scholar Athlete in February. The honor recognizes athletes who maintain a 3.2 grade-point average of better during their season of competition. Gary, the son of Dennis and Martine Gary of Riverside, is a member of the Earlham cross county team.

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