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page-8-3-col-greekStudents in fifth and sixth grades at St. Bernadette Catholic Academy in Evergreen Park recently presented their Greek gods and goddesses projects to their class. They dressed in costume and told stories about their specific god or goddess.
Pictured are Hannah O’Neill, David Alexander, Jeremiah Powell, Reginald Sykes III, Daniel McKeown, Ja’Niya Williams, Noah Zukowski and Joseph Sullivan. Submitted photo.

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  Nicole Frederick of Oak Lawn graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University’s December commencement ceremony.
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  Degrees have now officially been awarded to more than 820 fall graduates at Eastern Illinois University. Undergraduate and graduate students were certified by their respective deans as having completed all requirements leading to the awarding of degrees. There were several area students who completed their studies, including:
  • Jayce Vickers of Palos Hills, Jonathan Worst of Hickory Hills, Maria Avolio of Worth, Mark Michaels of Hickory Hills, and Ryan Altenburg of Oak Lawn.
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  More than 990 undergraduate students have been named to Eastern Illinois University’s fall dean’s list. The dean’s list at EIU recognizes undergraduates with a declared major who have an excellent academic performance. Students who achieve a grade point average of 3.80 to 4.00, on a 4.00 scale, while completing a minimum of 12 graded semester hours, excluding credit/no credit grades, in a fall or spring semester, will be named to the dean’s list.
  Local students named to the dean’s list include: Ann Paolisso, Caitlin Danforth, Daniel Harrington, Elizabeth Burbatt, Erin Murphy, Kelley Lochow, Stephany Fonseca, and Veronica Popp, all of Oak Lawn. Other area students earning dean’s list honors include, Ceili Erickson and Hannah Thies of Evergreen Park, Jayce Vickers of Palos Hills, and William Knobbe of Chicago Ridge.

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Chicago Ridge School District 127.5
  Registration Coming Up for 2014-2015 Kindergarten Enrollment.
  Kindergarten Enrollment for Chicago Ridge School District 127.5 will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, at Ridge Central School, 10800 S. Lyman Ave. and Ridge Lawn School, 5757 W. 105th St. For more information, call Ridge Central at 636-2001, or Ridge Lawn at 636-2002.
  A child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten. Parents must bring the child’s original birth certificate and three proofs of residency.
  Birth certificates for children born anywhere in Cook County may be obtained from the FifthDistrict Courthouse Building, 10200 South 76th Ave., Bridgeview. For more information call 470-7233. Parents also may go to any local currency exchange and request a birth certificate. For children born within Illinois but outside Cook County, parents can contact the Division of Vital Records, 605 W. Jefferson, Springfield, or call 217-782-6553.

Oak Lawn-Hometown Elementary School District 123
  Schools registering kindergarteners and preschoolers.
  Kindergarten Registration will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Hometown Elementary School, 8870 S. Duffy Ave. For more information and an appointment, call 857-5020.
  Kolmar Avenue School, 10425 S. Kolmar Ave., Oak Lawn, is hosting preschool registration from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the school. For more information, call 422-1800.

Chicago Christian
  Community residents are invited to Chicago Christian High School Theater Department’s spring production of “Hilarity Ensues: A Night of Comedy.” Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1 in the CCHS auditorium, 12001 S. Oak Park Ave., Palos Heights. The evening will feature the school’s first Chicago Christian High School Improv Team, and two one-act comedies, “Sure Thing” and “Philosophy 101: A Play,” as well as a special performance by the CCHS girls’ a cappella group, The Knightingales. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for adults. Tickets will be on sale in the main office at CCHS beginning Monday, Feb. 17. For more information, call 388-7650, or visit swchristian.org.
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  The Chicago Christian High School Senior class will host a dress resale from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria, 12001 S. Oak Park Ave. Everyone is invited to shop for dresses, shoes, and purses at discounted prices. If you would like to be seller, send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information, call 388-7650, or visit swchristian.org.

Moraine Valley
  All high school students who love technology are invited to use their knowledge and skills at Moraine Valley Community College’s and Moraine Area Career System’s Technology Challenge, Thursday, Feb. 20 and Monday, March 17.
  Moraine Valley works hand in hand with MACS in-district high schools assisting students to transition into college. MACS are one of the statewide networks of Education for Employment groups, whose primary goal is to establish quality Career and Technical Education programs. MVCC provides dual-credits for the high schools involved in MACS including Andrew, Argo, Eisenhower, Evergreen, Oak Lawn, Reavis, Richards, Sandburg, Shepard and Stagg, and also assists with aligning dual-credits with college curriculums. High achieving high school students are recommended by their teachers to participate in the MACS/MVCC Technology Challenge.
  There are two rounds involved in the technology challenge. The first round is Feb. 20 at the student’s high school. Students who are chosen by their teachers will participate in the 40-minute virtual exam. The top two scoring students from each of the high schools in each of the following areas, automotive, mechanical drafting, A+IT essentials, photoshop and office systems applications, will participate in round two. The only exception to the round one “virtual” exam is that automotive clearly can’t be done virtually, so those are came to Moraine Valley Feb. 3 to compete.
  Round two kicks off March 17 at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. This event includes opening and closing ceremonies, a keynote speaker and a luncheon. Awards will be given to all first, second and third place students and high schools.
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   Women are asked to dig through their closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22 in Building S, Room 117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. The Dream Come True Project is sponsored by the college’s Women’s Celebration Month committee and the Celebrating Diversity Task Group. For more information, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475.

Oak Lawn Community H.S.
  Candlelight Bowl To Fund Tim Nickos Scholarship.
  A Candlelight Bowl will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at Fox Bowl, 1101 Butterfield Road, Wheaton. Money raised will fund The Tim Nickos Memorial Scholarship, which will grant one $2500 scholarship to an OLCHS student to help with college tuition. The winner will be announced at the spring sports award ceremony.
  Tickets are $25 for students, or $30 for adults. The ticket price includes three games of bowling and dinner. There will also be a cash bar, raffle prizes and split the pot. For more information, visit olchs.org.
  Tim Nickos was an individual who lived every day to the fullest by inspiring and motivating others through his contagious smile and great sense of humor. Nickos was to be the captain of the Oak Lawn Community High School varsity swim team his senior year. He was a member of the OLCHS band. Nickos always provided for everyone around him. He died in his sleep at the age of 17. He had a heart condition called cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) that went undiagnosed. This led to cardiac arrhythmia, which ended his life on June 28, 2011.
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  Each year, LifeSource offers area high schools the opportunity to earn scholarship money. Oak Lawn Community High School has earned the scholarship money for the past five years. The school will host its annual winter blood drive Friday, in the Spartan Gym. Students are encouraged to donate blood during their gym period. Students must be at least 16 years old. A parent permission slip is required for students who are only 16-years old. Parents and community members are encouraged to visit a community donor center or mobile blood drive when eligible. Individuals are eligible to donate blood every 56 days. Be sure to mention donor code OL94 when donating blood.

Queen of Peace
  Join us on Friday February 28, 2014 at Arena Lanes Bowling Center in Oak Lawn on the corner of 103rd & Cicero for this 21 and over event! Bowling begins at 10:00 p.m. and ends at midnight. The cost is $25 per person for 2 hours of unlimited bowling, shoe rental, pizza and pop. Full cash bar will be available. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Athletic Department to off-set the costs of equipment, travel, official’s fees and more.
  Register online at: http://queenofpeacehs.org/events
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  Join us on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 11-2 p.m. at Queen of Peace High School for our annual softball clinic. The clinic is open to fourth through seventh grade girls as well as eighth grade girls who have already taken the entrance exam at Queen of Peace. There is a $10 registration fee and the fee includes a t-shirt.
  Learn from former collegiate coach and new varsity head coach, Erin Sullivan. Coach Sullivan comes to Peace after eight years as the head coach at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Coach Sullivan holds the single season win record as well as the single season highest winning percentage in program history. Her players have received numerous accolades. During Sullivan’s tenure, the Belles had four pitchers throw six no-hitters. Coach Sullivan coached 19 All-MIAA players, two MIAA MVPs, a two-time MIAA Batting Champion, six NFCA All-Region athletes, 38 NFCA Scholar Athletes, one ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American, and a two-time NCAA All-American in eight seasons.
  At the Queen of Peace softball clinic, you will learn the proper fundamentals of pitching, hitting, fielding, and base running. Whether you are trying out a position for the first time or improving on year’s worth of training, we will cater to your level of skill. Our coaches specialize in various aspects of the game and every player who attends will have the chance to learn from the expert coaches as well as have the opportunity to interact and train with Queen of Peace softball players!
  Besides working on the fundamentals, the coaches will also teach game-like situations, mental toughness on the field, and strategies to make players better after only one day! We strive to better each individual player’s skills while adding to their passion for the game of softball!
  Register online at: http://queenofpeacehs.org/events

Saint. Xavier
  Saint Xavier University will host an art exhibit celebrating African-American spiritual music through expressive calligraphy. The exhibit, titled “Bound for Glory” by Timothy R. Botts, will be on display in the SXU Gallery, located in the Warde Academic Center at the university’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. A presentation by the artist and a reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Gallery.
  Botts’ work combines contemporary graphic design principles with letterforms as old as the first century. He said his work draws influences from traditional African art and writing systems, urban graffiti, and American quilts. Botts is a resident of Glen Ellyn. He has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in graphic design from Carnegie-Mellon University, during which time he apprenticed in calligraphy with Arnold Bank. He spent three years in Japan teaching conversational English and was influenced by the rich tradition of their brush writing. He designed more than 600 books for Tyndale House Publishers near Chicago where he was senior art director before retiring in 2012. Ten books of his own work are published, including “Doorposts,” “Messiah,” and a Bible illustrated in his calligraphy. He is a part-time instructor at College of DuPage.
  The SXU Gallery’s hours are: Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sunday. For more information, please contact the gallery at 773-298-3081.

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Chicago Ridge School District 127.5
  Registration Coming Up for 2014-2015 Kindergarten Enrollment.

  Kindergarten Enrollment for Chicago Ridge School District 127.5 will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at Ridge Central School, 10800 S. Lyman Ave. and Ridge Lawn School, 5757 W. 105th St. For more information, call Ridge Central at 636-2001, or Ridge Lawn at 636-2002.

  A child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten. Parents must bring the child’s original birth certificate and three proofs of residency.

  Birth certificates for children born anywhere in Cook County may be obtained from the FifthDistrict Courthouse Building, 10200 South 76th Ave., Bridgeview. For more information call 470-7233. Parents also may go to any local currency exchange and request a birth certificate. For children born within Illinois but outside Cook County, parents can contact the Division of Vital Records, 605 W. Jefferson, Springfield, or call 217-782-6553.

Oak Lawn-Hometown Elementary School District 123
  Schools registering kindergarteners and preschoolers.
  Kindergarten Registration will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Hometown Elementary School, 8870 S. Duffy Ave. For more information and an appointment, call 857-5020.

  Kolmar Avenue School, 10425 S. Kolmar Ave., Oak Lawn, is hosting preschool registration from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the school. For more information, call 422-1800.

Chicago Christian
  Community residents are invited to Chicago Christian High School Theater Department’s spring production of “Hilarity Ensues: A Night of Comedy.” Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1 in the CCHS auditorium, 12001 S. Oak Park Ave., Palos Heights. The evening will feature the school’s first Chicago Christian High School Improv Team, and two one-act comedies, “Sure Thing” and “Philosophy 101: A Play,” as well as a special performance by the CCHS girls’ a cappella group, The Knightingales. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for adults. Tickets will be on sale in the main office at CCHS beginning Monday, Feb. 17. For more information, call 388-7650, or visit swchristian.org.
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  The Chicago Christian High School Senior class will host a dress resale from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria, 12001 S. Oak Park Ave. Everyone is invited to shop for dresses, shoes, and purses at discounted prices. If you would like to be seller, send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information, call 388-7650, or visit swchristian.org.

Moraine Valley
  All high school students who love technology are invited to use their knowledge and skills at Moraine Valley Community College’s and Moraine Area Career System’s Technology Challenge, Thursday, Feb. 20 and Monday, March 17.
  Moraine Valley works hand in hand with MACS in-district high schools assisting students to transition into college. MACS are one of the statewide networks of Education for Employment groups, whose primary goal is to establish quality Career and Technical Education programs. MVCC provides dual-credits for the high schools involved in MACS including Andrew, Argo, Eisenhower, Evergreen, Oak Lawn, Reavis, Richards, Sandburg, Shepard and Stagg, and also assists with aligning dual-credits with college curriculums. High achieving high school students are recommended by their teachers to participate in the MACS/MVCC Technology Challenge.
  There are two rounds involved in the technology challenge. The first round is Feb. 20 at the student’s high school. Students who are chosen by their teachers will participate in the 40-minute virtual exam. The top two scoring students from each of the high schools in each of the following areas, automotive, mechanical drafting, A+IT essentials, photoshop and office systems applications, will participate in round two. The only exception to the round one “virtual” exam is that automotive clearly can’t be done virtually, so those are came to Moraine Valley Feb. 3 to compete.
  Round two kicks off March 17 at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. This event includes opening and closing ceremonies, a keynote speaker and a luncheon. Awards will be given to all first, second and third place students and high schools.
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  Women are asked to dig through their closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22 in Building S, Room 117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. The Dream Come True Project is sponsored by the college’s Women’s Celebration Month committee and the Celebrating Diversity Task Group. For more information, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475.

Oak Lawn Community H.S.
  Candlelight Bowl To Fund Tim Nickos Scholarship.
  A Candlelight Bowl will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at Fox Bowl, 1101 Butterfield Road, Wheaton. Money raised will fund The Tim Nickos Memorial Scholarship, which will grant one $2500 scholarship to an OLCHS student to help with college tuition. The winner will be announced at the spring sports award ceremony.
  Tickets are $25 for students, or $30 for adults. The ticket price includes three games of bowling and dinner. There will also be a cash bar, raffle prizes and split the pot. For more information, visit olchs.org.
  Tim Nickos was an individual who lived every day to the fullest by inspiring and motivating others through his contagious smile and great sense of humor. Nickos was to be the captain of the Oak Lawn Community High School varsity swim team his senior year. He was a member of the OLCHS band. Nickos always provided for everyone around him. He died in his sleep at the age of 17. He had a heart condition called cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) that went undiagnosed. This led to cardiac arrhythmia, which ended his life on June 28, 2011.
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  Each year, LifeSource offers area high schools the opportunity to earn scholarship money. Oak Lawn Community High School has earned the scholarship money for the past five years. The school will host its annual winter blood drive Friday, in the Spartan Gym. Students are encouraged to donate blood during their gym period. Students must be at least 16 years old. A parent permission slip is required for students who are only 16-years old. Parents and community members are encouraged to visit a community donor center or mobile blood drive when eligible. Individuals are eligible to donate blood every 56 days. Be sure to mention donor code OL94 when donating blood.

Queen of Peace
  Queen of Peace Teacher Honored.
  Kristine Owens, a history instructor at Queen of Peace High School, has been recognized for her achievements with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes an outstanding school employee who has demonstrated exceptional dedication, leadership and veteran service of 10 or more years in Catholic education. Owens coordinates all the service opportunities for the Queen of Peace students, but also has earned high marks as an world history and social studies teacher. She is known for challenging students on a daily basis, and leading discussions and lessons about social justice. Owens is known for being the first one to offer anyone in the school assistance without being asked, and the last one out the door at night. She has also chaperoned numerous trips out to Nazareth Farm. Owens will be honored at an awards dinner sponsored by the Catholic Schools where she will receive her award.
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  Queen of Peace High School will sponsor a Leadership Conference for fifth, sixth and seventh grade girls on Saturday, Feb. 8. Eighth grade girls who have already taken the entrance exam at Queen of Peace may also attend. The purpose of the conference is to provide leadership training for female student leaders as they prepare to assume leadership roles in the next few years. The cost is $5. The Queen of Peace Leadership Conference will concentrate on training emerging leaders, as well as provide current leaders new tools in how to lead effectively. For more information, or to register, call Mary Kate Love at 496-4753, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Saint. Xavier
  Saint Xavier University will host an art exhibit celebrating African-American spiritual music through expressive calligraphy from this Wednesday to Wednesday, Feb. 19. The exhibit, titled “Bound for Glory” by Timothy R. Botts, will be on display in the SXU Gallery, located in the Warde Academic Center at the university’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. A presentation by the artist and a reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Gallery.
  Botts’ work combines contemporary graphic design principles with letterforms as old as the first century. He said his work draws influences from traditional African art and writing systems, urban graffiti, and American quilts. Botts is a resident of Glen Ellyn. He has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in graphic design from Carnegie-Mellon University, during which time he apprenticed in calligraphy with Arnold Bank. He spent three years in Japan teaching conversational English and was influenced by the rich tradition of their brush writing. He designed more than 600 books for Tyndale House Publishers near Chicago where he was senior art director before retiring in 2012. Ten books of his own work are published, including “Doorposts,” “Messiah,” and a Bible illustrated in his calligraphy. He is a part-time instructor at College of DuPage.
  The SXU Gallery’s hours are: Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sunday. For more information, please contact the gallery at 773-298-3081.
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  Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D., a research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory, will speak about the connections between science and faith at Saint Xavier University’s Sweeney Family Lecture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 in McGuire Hall, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.
  Consolmagno’s lecture, titled “Faith and the Scientist,” will explore his conviction that believers can be scientists and scientists can be believers. He will discuss his views about how both religion and science explore the universe seeking to understand and interpret natural phenomena, and how they offer not oppositional but rather complementary approaches to reality.
  Br. Consolmagno holds a Ph.D. in planetary science from the University of Arizona, as well as a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1989, he entered the Society of Jesus, and took vows as a brother in 1991. He was assigned as an astronomer to the Vatican Observatory and also serves as curator of the Vatican Meteorite collection, one of the largest such collections in the world. In addition to his continuing professional work in planetary science, he also has studied philosophy and theology.
  The Sweeney Family Lecture is sponsored by SXU’s Center for Religion and Public Discourse, and funded by a gift from the John and Barbara Sweeney Family.
  For more information, call the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at 773-298-3981, or email Kathleen Mareska at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Showing off the Oak Ridge media center

  • Written by Kari Nelson

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A contingent of teachers, staff and administrators filled the new media center at Oak Ridge School Jan. 21 to attend the monthly board of education meeting and thanked the board for its support of a recently completed addition. Letters and drawings from students in the second- through fifth-grade building adorned the walls of the hallway leading to the new media center where the board meeting was held.
In the letters, students thanked the board for allocating the $6.5 million to build the addition, which was described by the students with words like “beautiful, amazing, wonderful and huge.”
The board moved the meeting venue from the Dr. Ken Geraghty Administrative Center to Oak Ridge School to showcase the new media center. The media center was part of a larger addition that included six-and-a-half new classrooms (which can be divided into 13 smaller classrooms); an expanded all-purpose room; more kitchen space; new offices for staff, the team leader and principal and a new locked entryway. 

Submitted photo.