Southtowners: Brookfield Zoo honors area volunteers, students win competitions, and more

[Chicago Tribune] Southtowners: Brookfield Zoo honors area volunteers, students win competitions, and more

Area volunteers recognized by Brookfield Zoo

The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, recently celebrated its volunteers for their dedicated service. Returning after the pandemic, the zoo’s 400 adult volunteers contributed nearly 28,000 hours to the Society in 2021.

Linda Modell, a resident of Palos Hills, was recognized for volunteering at the zoo for 15 years while Justice’s Joan Wiczek, Lemont’s Jan Schafer and Park Forest’s Georgeann Davis have been volunteering for 10 years.

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Chicago’s Rose Lozanski, Crestwood’s Sheri Demarco, Homewood’s Laurie Walter, Oak Forest’s Jeannine Christensen, Orland Park’s Lauren Wolniakowski, Palos Heights’ Janet Polacek and Palos Park’s Marie Arrigoni were honored for five years of volunteer service.

St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick eight graders win academic bowl

Students from St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School in Lemont placed first in the eighth grade division of the 2022 Providence High School Academic Bowl while also taking home several individual awards.

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Haley Young won first place science in the eighth grade competition while Sophia Sojka took third in language arts eighth grade and Nathan Murray earned fourth place in social science eighth grade. In seventh grade, Brody Sloan took third in social science, Tommy Markun was fourth in math and Joseph Piotrowski was fifth in social science.

The eighth grade team champs included Kathryn Carnaghi, Nathan Gawenda, Ana Kybartas, Carey Laga, Nathan Murray, William Schaum, Trestle Tomcho Kaitlyn Wilson as well as Murray, Sojka and Young.

Hickory Creek’s cross country teams compete in state meet

Hickory Creek Middle School in Frankfort sent 10 runners to the IESA State meet Oct. 15 in Normal.

Eighth graders Emily Creech, Ava Feigl, Ellianne Freeland, Grace Kadan, Ana Lewikowski, Alinia Puri, Grace Rattigan and Madeline Valerius, and seventh graders Annie Gabey and Danika Schedin represented the girls team and eighth graders Andrew Creech and Nathan Schroers represented the boys team.

The girls team finished 17th in the State, while Schroers finished 26th and Andrew Creech finished 81st out of 233 runners in the boys race.

Three from MVCC golf team earn All-Conference honor

Moraine Valley Community College golf head coach Matt Lovelace called his team the most talented one he’s had in his seven seasons at the school, and their accomplishments certainly stand out. Three golfers earned All-Conference honors, including Anthony Bestrick (Sandburg), Ben King (Lincoln-Way Central) and Caden Carr (Marist).

The team finished second in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference.

Manzke named IAITC Teacher of the Year

Eva Manzke, a third and fourth grade teacher at Walker Elementary School in Bedford Park, has been named the 2022-2023 Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year. Walker Elementary School is part of Summit School District 104.

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Representatives from IAITC surprised Manzke with the news of her being honored on Oct. 28.

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Manzke, who has taught for 30 years, was the runner-up for the award last year and previously received it in 2017.

OLCHS’ Prause receives College Board recognition

Oak Lawn Community High School student Victoria Prause has been selected as a College Board National Recognition Program Awardee and has received the National Hispanic Recognition Award.

Providence Catholic students receive College Board recognition

Three Providence Catholic High School students were selected as College Board National Recognition Program awardees. Zinn Amos and Andrew Dau received the National African American Recognition Award and Isaac Sanchez was recognized with the National Hispanic Recognition Award.

Providence Catholic students named Commended Students

Providence seniors Zinn Amos, Andrew Dau and Elizabeth Kulpinski have been named Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and college undergraduate scholarships that began in 1955. More than 1.5 million students enter the National Merit Scholarship Program each year. Approximately 34,000 students are named Commended Students.

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