Campus Leaders

  St. Louis de Montfort eighth-grade students Julie Haim and Jade Ryerson have been honored by the Southside Catholic Conference as Christian Leadership Award winners. Julie and Jade wrote essays to explain how their mothers have exemplified the leadership qualities that have shaped their lives as Christian leaders. Jade was selected as an Overall Conference Winner.
  The following area residents made the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at the University of Illinois.
Chicago Ridge
  Akram Almasri, Rebecca Calvillo and Justin Faber.
Evergreen Park
  Lauren Capizzi, Caroline Cunningham, Adam Lawler, Ryan McGowan, Edward O’Connor, Michael O’Neill, Krystyna Orlowski, Owen Skalitzky, Elise Trojanowski and Alexandria Weston.
Hickory Hills
  Julia Amador, Margaret Ivancic, Sean McLaughlin, Nicholas Schendl and Michaele Strauch.
Oak Lawn
  Brian Adams, Danielle Arnold, Adrian Beltran, Daniel Broderick, James Buschbach, Ariana Conner, Kevin Finn, Dariusz Hareza, Brittany Kawa, Mary Kobiernicki, Meghan Kummerer, Brianne Elizabeth, Elizabeth McGreal, Blaine Melody, Katelyn Mendez, Andreea Micu, Nicholas Musso, Rachel Page, James Palarczyk, Shanthi Sivasankaran, Alexa Weiler and Ashley Zamora.
Palos Hills
  Alice Foltyn, Janusz Gal, Brandon Holloway, Michael Lazarczyk, Jessica Ordonez, Michael Ponte and Katarzyna Tylka.
  Matthew Kosky and Kyle Trembley.

N. Palos makes move toward better lunches

From Jim Hook
N. Palos Dist. 117

  Bernice Rolniak knows a thing or two about nutrition.
  Rolniak is not only the food service manager with Arbor Management, which prepares and serves more than 1,300 hot lunches each day to students at all five of the schools in North Palos School District 117, she’s transformed her own life by eating healthier. Rolniak lost 60 pounds two years ago, and hasn’t yet found it.
  “I feel great,” she said.
  Now, she and her staff are committed to working on getting students at Conrady Junior High School and the district’s other four schools — Sorrick, Dorn, Oak Ridge and Glen Oaks — to do the same. Rolniak is using March, National Nutrition Month, to convince students of the merits of portion control and healthy eating. A third, equally important component is exercise.
  Students are given menu choices that feature more fruits and vegetables, hoping they will start eating healthier at school and, ultimately, at home. Rolniak said students have shown modest interest in cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and even broccoli.
  “And they do enjoy the salads,” Rolniak said.
  Cauliflower, however, has been a whole different story.
  Posters adorn the south wall of Conrady’s cafeteria, pointing out to students such things as which snacks are the healthiest; how to figure out portion sizes and the importance of exercise in a healthy lifestyle. For example, 12 carrots equal 40 calories, which takes nine minutes of walking to burn off. Eleven potato chips equal 160 calories, which requires 35 minutes of walking to burn off. And one doughnut equals about 270 calories, which will take one hour of walking to burn off.
  Rolniak said that all food items follow strict national nutrition guidelines.
  Next month, National Bean Month, will feature a menu that includes garbanzo and other beans as part of the main dish. Garbanzo beans are ground to make hummus, which will be available next month to students.
  “We’re trying to get them to eat healthier,” she said. “It’s going to take time.”

College Grads

  Malorie Kammin of Oak Lawn has graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc., with a bachelor’s degree in social work.
  Jillian Burnickas of Worth has graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisc.

Reliving history

Reliving history

  Evergreen Park High School advanced placement U.S. history students Anthony Betts (from left), Joe Keleher and John Measner are seen here in front of a statue commemorating one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates held in Ottawa. The youths’ teacher, Krist Enstrom, encouraged students to bring their textbooks to historical sites whenever possible to relive history. Historical sites connected to Abraham Lincoln have been popular this year because of the hype surrounding Steven Spielberg’s award-winning film “Lincoln.”
Submitted Photo

Bulletin Board

Evergreen Park Dist. 124
  School District 124 provides free vision, hearing, speech, language, basic concepts knowledge, and fine and gross motor skills screenings for children 3 to 5 years old who are not yet in kindergarten. Children eligible can qualify for special programs. For more information call Jean Hector at 423-0951, Ext. 2140.

Moraine Valley
  The Moraine Valley Community College Library will present an event related to the text, “Confederates in the Attic” by Tony Horwitz, in the Library lounge, Building L, on campus at 9000 W. College Pkwy. in Palos Hills.
  The History Department welcomes noted historian Dr. Theodore Karamanski of Loyola University Chicago for a discussion about the Civil War, “Illinois, Chicago and the Civil War” on Wednesday, April 24 from noon to 1 p.m.
  For more information visit

No. Palos Dist. 117
  District 117 is holding registration for the 2013-14 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs continuing through August. Parents of pre-kindergarten students can pick up information packets at Sorrick School, 7825 W. 103rd St. in Palos Hills, and Dorn School, 7840 W. 92nd St. in Hickory Hills. Parents of kindergarten students are asked to pick up information packets at the Dr. Ken Geraghty Administrative Center adjacent to Sorrick School. Identification is required.
  For more information on pre-kindergarten registration call Sorrick School at 233-8200 or Dorn at 233-5600. For more information on kindergarten registration call Diane Hasler at 233-5758. Visit for registration forms and other information.

Saint Xavier
  Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St. in Chicago, will present Tina Bryson, parenting educator and co-author of the best-selling book “The Whole-Brain Child,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. The event, free and open to the public, will be in the Butler Reception Room in the Warde Academic Center.
  Bryson will discuss strategies for raising happy, resilient, emotionally intelligent children. Find out how children’s brains actually work and how to give them the tools to help with self-understanding that can lead to good choices, resilience and happiness.
  Registration is required through the Beverly Yoga Center’s website, The Yoga Center, 1917 W. 103rd St., will host discussions of “The Whole-Brain Child” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28 and 8 p.m. Friday, April 5. Email beverlyyo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.
  Award-winning print and broadcast journalist, poet, and essayist Judith Valente will discuss living a contemplative life on Thursday, April 4 at the next lecture in Saint Xavier University’s Theology South series. The program will take place in the Butler Reception Room, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.
  “How to Live a Contemplative Life” begins with coffee at 9 a.m. and the lecture and question-and-answer session are scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m. It is open to the public, cost is $6.
  Valente began her work in journalism as a staff reporter for The Washington Post, and later joined the staff of The Wall Street Journal, reporting from its Chicago and London bureaus. She was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, first in the public service category as part of a team of reporters at The Dallas Times Herald investigating airline safety in the 1980s. In 1993, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer in the feature writing category for her front page article in The Wall Street Journal chronicling the story of a religiously conservative father caring for his son dying of AIDS.For more information call Donatta Yates at 422-1635.

  Saint Xavier will present “Poetry and Politics: A Reading by Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein” in honor of National Poetry Month at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. The event, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room on SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.
  Stein primarily will read from “Wrestling Li Po for the Remote,” his recently released collection of poems. This collection and others by Stein will be available for purchase and autographing after his presentation.
  Appointed Illinois Poet Laureate in 2003, Stein regards the responsibility to be the state’s “ambassador of the arts” as an opportunity to bring poetry into the lives of everyday people and to draw them into the delight and sheer fun of words that resonate with beauty and insight.

St. Laurence High
  St. Laurence High School and the Office of Alumni Relations will host its annual solemn mass of remembrance, honoring deceased alumni of the school, on Saturday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the school’s library. Father Norm Trela from St. Symphorosa Parish, and the school’s chaplain, will celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the outdoor memorial, weather permitting. Following the liturgy, snacks and refreshments will be served.
  Family, friends, and relatives of deceased alumni of St. Laurence are welcome to attend. Reservations can be made by contacting Ed Kozak at 458-6900.
  St. Laurence High School will hold the 13th annual Final Four Extravaganza featuring action and entertainment from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 6. There will be a Super Raffle with cash prizes including a $5,000 grand prize to one winner. Tickets are $60 each and include food and drink. Must be 21 years or older to be admitted.
  The evening will offer Las Vegas-style gaming amidst the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Proceeds will directly benefit St. Laurence students. The event is sponsored by the St. Laurence High School Alumni Association in cooperation with the Fathers’ Club, Mothers’ Club and Laurenta Club. For tickets or more information call Adam at 458-6900, Ext. 237, or Anne Tucker at Ext. 262, or visit