Student of the Week

Alec Rigik of Oak Lawn is a senior at Richards High School. He is an Eagle Scout who helped organize a collection drive for soldiers serving overseas.

What is the best thing about being a student at Richards?

The extracurricular activities. There is something for everyone, and it gives you opportunities to see your friends more often.

What is your favorite subject?

Honestly, gym. Being cramped up in desks is not my thing.

Do you participate in any clubs, sports or other extracurricular activites?

I play volleyball in the spring. Speech team and improv, and I was in the fall play. I'm also in Boy Scouts and play for the worship band at church.

Do you know what you want to do for a living?

Not a clue. Maybe something involving art or music, possibly teaching.

When do you do when not in school?

Playing my drums, seeing friends, or just relaxing.

Do you have any role models?

My older friend, John. He's just so passionate about everything he does and is easy to talk to.

If you could visit one place on Earth, where would it be?

Alaska! I love mountains, snow, and trees.

What is something you can't do without?

Snow. If we have another dry winter, I'm moving to Colorado.

Name one person, living or dead, with whom you would like to have a conversation?

Will Farrell. I feel we would become best friends.

Reveal something about yourself other people may consider strange.

I keep a framed picture of Jesus in the back of my car at all times. Just in case.

Campus Leaders

Kristina Hirtzer and Arthur Stringham II, both of Oak Lawn, made the dean's list for the fall 2012 semester at the University of St. Francis in Joliet.


Jo R. Pieczynski of Oak Lawn made the dean's list for the fall 2012 semester at Coastal Carolina University.

Temporary reprieve

Richards High School students Joseph Dauod (foreground) and Markus Jackson, seen here, use their cell phones to text questions to friends and family members during teacher Jamie Soderstrom's marketing experiment.

After watching "Pay Attention," a documentary about how teachers use technology in their classrooms, Richards High School students in Soderstrom's marketing classes took out their cell phones for a contest. Students texted three questions: how's the weather there, what was the last thing you bought and what did you have for breakfast to their family and friends; and the class that received the most responses in a 10-minute period won. By asking questions without explaining why they were doing so, students mimicked marketers who often get personal data from people with little or no resistance.

Head of the herd

Twenty-seven seniors at Evergreen Park High School have been named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. They are Britney Andersen (front, from left), Anthony Betts, Danielle Biel, Steven Bourke, Colleen Burns, Chelsea Christopher and Mary Dickey; Annie Gortowski (middle, from left), Joseph Keleher, Jenna Mahoney, Melissa Mann, Emily Martin and Christopher Murray; and Maggie O'Toole (back, from left), Rebecca Przeslicke, Christine Putlak, Michael Reuter, Nicholas Siemiawski, Amber Turner, Kyle Venhuizen. Not pictured are Eleni Eliopoulos, Michelle Estand, John Measner, Kathleen Mitchell, Paul Romano, Rachel Torrez and Moira Wood.

Punctuality pays

Worthwoods School students Logan Zavala (from left), Noor Abu-Shalbak, Adamary Panzo Morales, Heidi Venegas, Alissa Salgado and Philip Anglin were the recipients of the "On Time Award" for the second quarter of the 2012-13 school year.

School officials picked one student from each grade who has been on time to school every day since the beginning of the year. Each student received a certificate and a coupon for Subway sandwich shop.