Past cham­pi­ons bat­tle at Or­landTown­ship Spell­ing Bee

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The Lin­coln-Way Marching Band was named 2018 grand cham­pion of the State of Illi­nois Marching Band Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day at Illi­nois State Univer­sity in Nor­mal, beat­ing a field of 50 of the finest marching bands in Illi­nois. The Lin­coln-Way Marching Band also took first place in Class 6A and earned awards for out­stand­ing mu­sic per­for­mance, out­stand­ing vis­ual per­for­mance and crowd ap­peal. The Lin­coln-WayMarch­ing Band is com­posed of stu­dents from all three Lin­coln-Way high schools and is di­rected by Chris Mroczek, Justin Bar­nish, Cary Ruk­lic and Bert John­son. The band will com­pete this week­end at the Bands of Amer­ica Su­per Re­gional at the Dome at Amer­ica’s Cen­ter in St. Louis and then start pre­par­ing for its per­for­mance in the Tour­na­ment of Roses Pa­rade on New Year’s Day. The school district is host­ing a re­cep­tion to cel­e­brate the band’s ac­com­plish­ments at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Lin­col­nWay East High School in Frank­fort.

Two words closed the 40th an­niver­sary Or­land Park Open Spell­ing Bee — “queue” and “chan­de­lier”— with a past win­ner emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous. Judy Rice, of Frank­fort, was named 2018 cham­pion af­ter spell­ing “queue” cor­rectly, fol­lowed by “chan­de­lier.” Rice last won the com­pe­ti­tion in 2014. The bee is spon­sored by the Pres­by­te­rian Church of Or­land Park and the vil­lage. Sec­ond place went to Pa­tri­cia Kurz, also of Frank­fort, with Or­land Park’s Brian Sul­li­van and Carol Gianoli, both past cham­pi­ons, claim­ing third and fourth, re­spec­tively. Sul­li­van is a five-time win­ner, and Giano­li­was the 1990 cham­pion.

“Spell­ing bees have al­ways held a spe­cial place in my heart and even more so the his­tory downs and ge­og­ra­phy downs in school be­cause Iwas bet­ter at his­tory and ge­og­ra­phy than spell­ing,” said Bill Smith, the re­tired school su­per­in­ten­dent who has spear­headed spell­ing con­tests for more than 40 years.

Bren­don Born, a stu­dent at Lin­coln-Way Cen­tral High School, won the high school di­vi­sion. Hon­ors in the ju­nior high di­vi­sion went to Carter Stiglia, of Oster-Oakview School in New Lenox; sec­ond place to Ava Kro­nen­berger, of Or­land Park’s Jer­ling Ju­nior High School; and third place to Pa­los South’sKevin Budz. Win­ners among 8- to 10-year-olds in­cluded Kenda Mishal, of Pa­los Park, a stu­dent at Uni­ver­sal School; Or­land Park’s Jack Hovey of High Point School; and Ella Res­tivo, a stu­dent at Navajo Hills School in PalosHeights.

About 60 stu­dents fromWorth Ju­nior High worked with mem­bers of the Worth Lions Club ear­lier this month dur­ing the Worth Lions Club an­nual Porch Light Pa­rade. The stu­dents and Lions Club mem­bers col­lected money from res­i­dents who left their porch lights on to sig­nal they were will­ing to do­nate. The ef­fort raised $1600 that will go to­ward help­ing fam­i­lies in need through­out theWorth com­mu­nity.

he New Lenox Fire Pro­tec­tion District is col­lect­ing dona­tions to spon­sor wreaths to be placed at gravesites of vet­er­ans at the Abra­ham Lin­coln Ceme­tery in El­wood The pump­kin event Nov. 3 at Plum Creek Na­ture Cen­ter should be a smash hit for ev­ery­one ex­cept the pump­kins.


The New Lenox Fire Pro­tec­tion District is seek­ing dona­tions and spon­sor­ships in an ef­fort to place 1,800 wreaths on the gravesites of vet­er­ans at the Abra­ham Lin­coln Ceme­tery in El­wood in De­cem­ber.


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